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. 

Chloe Clark 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a Sports Massage Therapist and I have been in business since September 2018, and full time self-employed since August 2019. It’s been an interesting couple of years, having a broken arm just one month after going self-employed was certainly challenging, then of course the two lockdowns happened. I’m still here and still working despite all that. 
 
Why did you create Astral Fitness? 
I chose Astral Fitness because of the Latin word Astra, meaning star, after my many star tattoos. Astral is an extension of that word, relating to a non-physical realm of existence, and I felt that massage, although physical, quite often leaves people feeling in a better emotional state afterwards. My logo is also a star to reflect the name. Stars have five points, as does the human body; head, two arms, two legs, as well as the human hand, having five points/digits. Adding my favourite colour of green to the mix, it all came together. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Solving pain, that happens quite a lot. Inspiring someone to be stronger, achieve more in their own life and believing in their own physical capabilities. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I used to be a jive dancer, dancing four or five nights a week, I was often part of the dancing displays at vintage shows and weekenders. I came third at a jive competition at a rockabilly weekender. I danced several times with the world’s best jive dancer couple; I learnt how to dance the male part competently as there was a shortage of men to dance with, so I was ‘the man’! My husband doesn’t dance so it has slipped away from my life for now. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My husband, Rowan. He taught me that I deserve nice things, a happy and fulfilled life. He is my biggest cheerleader and I would never have taken the leap to qualify as a Sports Massage Therapist without his unwavering support. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My maternal grandmother, Mabel. She passed when I was fifteen, just where I was at an age to be curious about her history and wanted to hear about it first-hand from her. She was one of twelve children of a Scottish family, which fascinated me, and was missing half of one of her fingers, which she would never say much about, other than it predicted when the rain was coming! I have since researched her maiden name and found my family tartan because of that but would have loved to have learned more from her. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Now that’s a tough one, because it has changed depending on my age and life at the time. When I was a teenager, I loved ‘Dirty Dancing’ so much, because of the dancing and music and I would dance along with them. I loved the historical detail of ‘Titanic’, which reignited my love for learning about the past. ‘The Green Mile’ was the first film that made me cry in the cinema and still moves me today. And I particularly enjoy watching ‘Brooklyn’, because of the strength of character of the female lead to step into the unknown, make her own life, regardless of the familial and societal pressures placed on her. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Do not undervalue yourself. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I am in the process of launching a VIP Massage Membership, which I am excited about as it is the first of its kind, that I know of, in Hinckley. I am hoping to branch into teaching massage in the future as I love passing on my knowledge, to which my clients can attest. I am passionate about people understanding their bodies and why they go wrong and how to fix them and stop it from happening again in the future. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Carol Saunders 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
Along with my partner Simon, we are part of a unique multi award winning FTSE250 discount club, offering its customers fantastic extra benefits whilst saving them money on their essential utility bills, as well as Cashback on everyday shopping and FREE LED lightbulbs throughout the home. We offer unique Customer Service to our personal customers. We have been part of this 24 year old company for 8 years. 
 
Why did you create Utility Warehouse? 
The company name was chosen by our founder in 1996. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Since joining the company, we have personally achieved many promotions and incentives 
ourselves, but our biggest joy is helping our customers to save money and to help those in our 
team achieve their goals and changing their lives. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I originate from Cumbria and am a northern lass at heart. My accent has all but disappeared 
until I talk to my family and then I’m like another person. 
 
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 at 55 and that taught me to be grateful for every day and live life to the full. I have a 
new grandson this year and I never knew there was so much more love to give. 
 
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! Dirty Dancing or Pretty Woman. 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 to change their lives. 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dawn Warrington 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am the Operations & Risk Manager at Northfield Wealth Ltd. I work closely with Clare Farrell and the team to ensure that we meet all the regulatory requirements and that our advisers provide the best financial advice to our clients. 
 
I joined Northfield Wealth in September 2020 but have worked in financial services since leaving school. I have had many roles in this sector including mortgage adviser, underwriter, packager and Customer Relationship Manager but my passion lies in the compliance. 
 
Northfield Wealth is an Independent Financial Advice Firm whose sole goal is to help as many people as possible achieve their financial goals, whether that be by arranging a mortgage or providing pension and investment advice. We recognise that everyone has a different goal in mind when they come to see us and that their goals may change over time, and I am proud to be part of a company that is so focused on helping clients.” 
 
Why did you create Northfield Wealth? 
Northfield Road in Hinckley was where the business owners Clare and Mark lived at the time the business was set up in 2013. They have since moved to a new house but the name has stuck and the brand developed over time so they decided to keep with the brand Northfield. It was originally called Northfield Wealth Management, but the structure of the business changed so Clare used this opportunity to simplify to just Northfield Wealth. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Keeping our heads above water in 2020! We have done this by adapting to working from home and doing client meetings via zoom. We didn’t furlough any staff and this meant that we could provide more support to our clients who were worried about the markets impacting their investments and pensions. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I can belly dance and you will sometimes find me shimmying in my kitchen when cooking. I used to be able to shimmy across a room balancing a book on my head although I am not sure I could do that now! 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My parents. I realise that is not a single person, but they have both taught me so much. The lessons were not always appreciated when I was growing up, but they are certainly valued now. 
 
My Dad taught me to be confident, how to solve my own problems and to never give up. I found it very frustrating growing up that he would not just give me the answers I needed and instead gave me the tools to find the answers myself. I still go to him for advice now. 
 
My Mum who has taught me to never be afraid to try new things, to pay attention to the small details and to accept that sometimes the mistakes we make occasionally create better results than what you had originally planned- if they don’t, they are a lesson.. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
At any other time, I would have probably answered this question with a celebrity of some description (probably Michael McIntyre for the entertainment over dinner) but with Covid my outlook has shifted, and right now I would like nothing more than to have dinner with my parents, who it feels like I haven’t seen for a lifetime (video calls don’t count!). 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
This is the toughest question yet, in fact myself and my husband often have this conversation. I think it might have to be The Green Mile. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Have a plan but don’t be surprised when it changes. Business evolves as your client needs change. Above all, enjoy it. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I am about to embark on a new qualification which Northfield Wealth is supporting me through. We will continue to help as many as possible achieve their financial goals and are looking to welcome some new team members to help us support even more people. We also determined to break that trust barrier that people often have with Financial Advisers. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gerri Moore 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I own and run a residential Estate agents, we deal with sales, lettings and New build developments. My job is as operations manager and head of lettings. Basically I ensure everything runs smoothly. 
 
Why did you create Hunters? 
We are a franchise so our name was given to us. We did need to set up a company of our own for trading and we called this City Dreams Limited – the idea was that buying your ideal home would be your dream. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Surviving the 2008 recession, we had only been in business a few months and survived & thrived. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I taught as an associate lecturer for the Open University for 12 years. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My Dad, he believed education and learning was not a right but a privilege and should not be wasted. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Richard Branson, because he failed more then once but picked himself up and learnt from his mistakes. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Erin Brockovich. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Have a focused plan but build in contingencies as things may not go as you expected. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Build on the successes of 2020 and deal with more New Build developments. Reduce my working days to 3 per week to concentrate on more things for myself.. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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