Member Spotlight 

Each month we profile four of our members so that you can find out a little more about everyone in Women that Connect. 

Beverley Buswell 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I started making jewellery in January 2019 and decided to start my own business in May 2019 designing and making handcrafted artisan jewellery. I also make abstract pictures from glass and dabble in pebble pictures that also prove to be popular. 
 
Why did you create Leola Handcrafted Jewellery? 
The idea came from my birth sign, Leo and the meaning behind Leola. A person who is independent, loyal, faithful and creative. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
So many really and making more achievements. From being able to bring diversity to my jewellery where I enjoy using many different materials and producing looks from vintage to contemporary. Working full time and attending craft shows over Christmas was both an achievement and success. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I lived and worked in Brussels for 4 years in my early teens and early twenties. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My mother has taught me to keep going and overcome challenges. That old saying, dust yourself down and start again! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
The Tibetan monk, Dalai Lama who is very wise, intelligent and kind. We would talk about being at peace, his amazing life and journey. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Forrest Gump. A simple and gentle soul with a big heart who achieved so many things from running marathons to becoming a war hero. He didn’t have an ego. A film full of comedy and tears. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Don’t give up, remember why you wanted to start your business, keep motivated, ask for help, research, there’s so much information on the internet. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I’m hoping to reduce my hours so I can focus on my business, more craft shows and to launch my own website. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Carol Saunders 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
We are a unique multi award winning FTSE250 discount club, offering its customers fantastic extra benefits whilst saving them money on their essential utility bills, including Cashback on everyday shopping and FREE LED lightbulbs throughout the home. My partner Simon and I have been part of this 24 year old company for 8 years. 
 
Why did you create Really Bright Idea? 
The company name of Utility Warehouse was chosen by our founder in 1996. We trade as Telecom Plus Plc on the Stock Exchange. Our personal website of reallybrightidea.co.uk was born to direct interested persons directly to us so we can give a personal service. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
We have personally achieved many promotions and incentives ourselves, but our biggest joy is helping those in our team achieve their goals and changing their lives. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I have danced (ballroom) with Sir John Major, when he was Prime Minister. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
No single person. My two children taught me how to love unconditionally and how to put others first. My mother died aged 55 and that taught me to be grateful for every day and live life to the full. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Too many! Cliff Richard. Princess Diana. David Beckham. David Attenborough. Jim Rohn. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Too hard! Too many! All chick flicks. Dirty Dancing or Pretty Woman. Christmas movies. War films. Period dramas. Favourite TV programmes are Call the Midwife, This Is Us, Downton Abbey. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Have a goal and have a plan. Be consistent, persistent and focused.. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
To help even more people change their lives and to personally have financial and time freedom 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vicky Anne Mayes 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am the principal of The Vicky-Anne Academy of Dance and we have been in business for 27 years. 
 
Why did you create The Vicky-Anne Academy of Dance? 
I just used my own name 🙂 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I think the fact that we are still thriving speaks volumes and also seeing students achieve their goals is of course always a pleasure. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Mmmmm maybe that I’m an Elivs fan 😂 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My grandma - she told me that in life people are either a lesson or a blessing - I’ve had my share of both! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My mum as I miss her so so much and Tom Jones 🤪 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
The Holiday. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Follow your dreams and never forget why you started - if plan A doesn’t work plan B is sometimes better. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
We will continue to encourage and mentor our pupils to be confident, happy and sparkly as always ⭐️⭐️ 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Akila Mandhu 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a beauty therapist and I have been in business for over 20 years. I am a Dermalogica skin expert and Lycon wax guru. I offer Dermalogica facials, hydermabrasion, microdermabrasion, non surgical face lift facials, oxygen facials, shellac manicure/pedicure, Indian head massage, reflexology, eye-brow thread/wax and more. 
 
Why did you create Be Exquisite? 
I created the name of my business, Be Exquisite, because it reflects the high standard of treatments my clients will receive. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
My greatest achievement was when I opened my salon in Brisbane, Australia in 2002. I gained further knowledge and experienced new and innovative techniques in skin care. I know the importance of trust between the therapist and client, and I use my skills and expertise to aid and enhance the beauty routine of my clients. The results are truly amazing and on this basis I have built my reputation. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
They don’t know that I emigrated and owned a salon in Australia, from 2002 until 2004. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My husband has been a great inspiration and a huge part of my success. He always taught me if you ‘fail to plan, you plan to fail’. Never give up, keep searching and stay focused! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I would have loved to have dinner with Lady Diana because she was my icon. I also loved the way she carried herself and the beautiful gowns and dresses she wore with beautiful colours. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Home Alone, the main character Kevin McCallister reminds me of my son and he makes me laugh. I always look forward to watching that film during the Christmas period. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Research and invest in yourself. Have a goal and a plan. Don’t give up, be consistent and focused. Remember why you started your business and stay motivated. Try to get yourself onto enhancement courses and read! There is so much information available online. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I am hoping to gain more clientele and focus on new treatments such as hydrodermabrasion. I will also be introducing micro needling. Eventually I would also like to employ a therapist to join me in developing my business and thereafter focus more on networking and one to ones. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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