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. 

Alison Goodwin 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I became a distributor for FM World during the Covid 19 Lockdown. With all our plans decimated to join our daughter, granddaughter and family in USA during the summer, autumn and beyond I felt I needed another goal and challenge to fit alongside my established little art business. Having retired from my teaching profession as a deputy head teacher a few years ago I have always kept my eye on keeping busy in a flexible environment whilst achieving goals that have taken me outside my comfort zone. I think its important to always move forward and try different opportunities to give you the motivation to get up in the morning – for me that will always be a lifelong goal – to have a purpose. 
 
Why did you create Willow's World of Scents? 
This one is relatively easy as I drew inspiration for my business names from my beautiful granddaughter – her name is Willow and she inspires me every single day in every way. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
As a completely new venture which is mainly online based and one that is direct selling – one of my biggest challenges and achievements has been to create forums where people are willing to buy into me and the products, although they really do speak for themselves and are of great quality, it is understandable that those not familiar with FM might be a bit sceptical until they try. As they are100% cruelty free and of amazing lasting quality, I have had the confidence to push myself out of my comfort zone and I’m never happier than when customers buy and are amazed by how good they are whilst saving them so much money! 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
That I’m bilingual French/English. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Many people have been great educators in my life and I believe that continues to be the case as a life long journey. It would be difficult to pick out any one person. Alongside my parents, my children (now grown up adults), my husband and professional/business colleagues have all played a part in my learning and this continues to be the case. I like to think they have learned something from me too! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
That would have to be my parents together because I have so much to tell them. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Probably Pearl Harbour – the love triangle between the gorgeous 3 still captures my heart but Pretty Woman is a very close second. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
To remember it takes patience, hard work, fortitude and persistence to succeed, nothing happens overnight – just keep showing up and the No of today will become the Yes of tomorrow! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
To continue setting and achieving monthly goals whilst remembering to maintain a healthy balance between family, friends and business. Also who knows? This time last year I did not know I would be running two businesses side by side! 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Jacqui Womersley 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
We started our printing business on 8th August, 1988. 
 
Why did you create The Practical Printer? 
We chose The Practical Printer because it summed up our offering at the time. Since then we've diversified and, as I quite often say, we're more than just ink on paper! We offer laser-cutting and engraving, plus more. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I'm not sure if this was my biggest achievement, but when we first started, I was still working full-time for a large company, whilst Neil (hubby) worked in and on the business. I used to drive back from work and then, go to 'work on the business'. My task was to generate sales, so I'd burn the midnight oil, typing sales letters on an old imperial typewriter. They were crazy long days. Of the many letters that I sent, we acquired two awesome clients - Berkel and Tungstone Batteries. I remember Neil saying to me that we had little or no chance of working with these large companies... hehehehe! Their work made it possible for us to invest further in our business. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Not really, I think most know that I'm a bit of a tree-hugger! Love the planet we live on and have great respect for nature. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Going back to my roots on this... My parents have taught me so much - my Dad had such a positive and happy disposition. He was great to be around. My Mum has always been the caring sort, so she's just brilliant at being there for us and our children. I am so privileged to have had a happy and balanced upbringing. It's taught me skills appropriate to every facet in my life. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
It's very hard to say one person, there are so many incredible people, and that includes the WtC ladies. Jacinda Ardern would be on my list of many though. She is incredible, oh and Sir David Attenborough for obvious reasons. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
The Diary of Bridget Jones - I'd read the book (Christmas present from Neil - it certainly had me giggling over the festive season... or wait, was that the fizz?) When the film came out, I went to see it with a friend. That was the first (and definitely not the last) time I had Baileys ice-cream. Such a lovely memory! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Be yourself! Build your business on your strengths and passion. Apart from giving you fire in your belly, it needs to make you happy too! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Continue to learn, develop and grow! 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lorraine Turnpenny 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a Forever Living Business Owner! This means I share the benefits of (& supply) quality natural products and also the business opportunity behind the products. If people join the business, I help them build a business that wraps around their lifestyle. I started up 8 years ago after 28 years in corporate finance. 
 
Why did you create Forever Living? 
As a Forever business owner, I don’t use a business name per say. I work under the umbrella of Forever Living Products, a brand of health and beauty products I use and trust and a global community I am proud to be part of. I love the connection to something much bigger than myself. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Probable achieving the coveted position of Manager on Forever’s marketing plan. It took focus and determination and I learnt so much along the way. It also inspired others in my group to go for their own goals and we worked together with great team spirit. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Yes, alongside building my Forever business, I continue developing my interest in holistic healthcare and qualified as a Wellbeing Practitioner. I enjoy supporting individuals and running wellbeing workshops, the most recent being for the military police in March just before lockdown. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Sydney Banks, philosopher and author. Through sharing his own insights with the world he helped me realise that I am the creator of my own experience and not to be afraid of my own experience. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
There are so many fascinating people I would like to be present with. However, an inspiring dinner party guest would be Rex Maughan, our Forever founder. He’s a true visionary and an amazing human being. He teaches us all so much about humility, equality and leadership and encourages us to be who we want to be and follow our dreams. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Out of Africa, The Horse Whisperer, The Way We Were. Yep I love Robert Redford and it’s impossible to choose. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
It’s not easy but it can be worth it. Believe in yourself. Passion and a positive mind set will keep you hanging in there when the going gets tough. A good support network is vital. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I’m grateful to have been able to continue working my Forever business during coronavirus. I intend to share the business opportunity with more people. I’ll be picking up my wellbeing work again in the not too distant future. On a personal note I intend to spend time with my family in Madrid as the pandemic eases. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kelly Mayne 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I create the perfect web design solution for your business! I’m a web designer and I have owned and been running Kellys-Webdesigns for 11 years! 
 
Why did you create Kellys-Webdesigns? 
I created Kellys-Webdesigns really out of a passion for coding. I got a book out of my local library, “Web Design for Dummies” and never looked back. I am completely self-taught, I looked into doing specific courses, but by the time you reach the end of a year 3 course the code has already moved on! It is one of the things I love about my job, I’m always learning! Learning and keeping up-to-date with changes in the different coding languages is essential to what I do! 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I have a medical condition that makes it hard for me to be employed – seizures. So, for me, my biggest achievement since launching my business is being able to carve a life out for myself that I love and that is profitable. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I’m an open book! By now most people know about the random things I enjoy in life! Trampolining, knitting, reading, writing, playing the piano so I will instead share, I hope, a funny story. 
 
I am rather short, 5” at the beginning of the day (you can lose up to an inch each day through your spin compressing!) Anyway, I was in my local supermarket and I wanted the last pizza in the deep freezer. No problem for most people, right? Well the vertically challenged amongst us might know where I ended up! After skilfully balancing myself at waist height on the lip of the freezer there was no way I could reach it. In my blind hunger I reasoned that if I used a seesaw motion, I could grab the pizza on the way down and then the momentum would bring me back up to my feet. Unfortunately, I’m not a plank of wood! Rather than ending up on my feet, I ended up face down in the freezer with my legs sticking out! Yes, I did need staff help to be removed! 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
I’m not sure there is a single person, but the level of critical thinking I was taught at my secondary school – Bablake in Coventry, I believe has made me who I am today. They taught me to “take the exam” not just “read the questions and answer them”. I use this idea every day, look at the task/project/job as a whole and then break it down into the problems you can solve verses the ones that need a bit of time. Life is a little more complicated especially in business, but then, once you have prioritised the takes ahead, it’s up to you to “eat your frog!" – do first what you most don’t want to do and you will always have a good day! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I would like to say some wonderful, exciting, thought provoking person but in reality, if I ever had that chance it would be my Grandad Geoff, just because I miss him every day. Or Jason Momoa because, well you know why! Ronon Dex! (Those who know, know!). 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
As a child I loved Calamity Jane. I can see these days that the message isn’t really great for young girls, but her changing, getting pretty and falling in love wasn’t the message I took away, I kind of just poo-pooed the ending! What I loved was this kick-ass tiny woman who shot, rode, did everything as good as any man and even though she didn’t get the real “star” to come to her town she did better than anyone else, and she thought she had the right person! Also, the real Calamity Jane was even more kick-ass and didn’t do much singing and dancing! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Keep your overheads low and just keep going. Most people either run out of money or passion before they are able to make their mark. I know the struggle! But really, hang in there if you can. Once you have been in business for around 5 years you can definitely see a difference, in that, people are seeking you out rather than you looking for that next sale. Of cause it can happen more quickly or it could take longer than 5 years but from my experience, once you hit that point when people “know who you are” things get so much easier. Also, marketing all the way, you have to tell people who you are so they will know! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I have recently partnered with Wix.com to be able to provide people with a low-cost option for web design. These types of template websites allow people to gain an internet presence quickly, easily, and cheaply. However, although nothing can beat having a bespoke website coded for your business, these template websites are great to start you off. Typically, these websites will last around 2-4 years before you will want the extra optimisation that a bespoke website will give you and you will want to move on. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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