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My retail career has spanned 18 years, during that time I have been lucky enough to work with and learn from some truly inspiring and motivating people.  People with a real passion to make a difference and change things for the better, people who have pushed me to do things I thought I couldn’t and who have helped me to become the person I am today.  I started my career on the shop floor as a sales assistant and through hard work and determination worked my way up to an area manager role.  On my way there I have managed single and multi-brand stores been a multi-site store manager and had involvement with stock selection.  I’ve built teams based on co-operation and real team work making sure I was in there with the team showing them the way and giving them the tools to succeed and flourish.

Recently my world was turned on it’s head when the business I worked for was liquidated and we were all made redundant.  The whole experience has been scary….what do you do when the thing you have done for so long is suddenly not there anymore?  Should I just get out there and get another role in a retail business or use the leadership and management qualifications I’ve gained along with the transferable skills to make the move to another sector?  What I have done is a lot of thinking, thinking about what I want, what I need and want from my career.  

So the starting point was to update and ‘polish’ my CV before getting out there to find my next job.  I was really struggling with putting together my profile, that part of the CV you use to ‘sell’ yourself to a potential employer.  I sat and stared at my computer screen but nothing was coming. I couldn’t find the words to describe me and make an employer see how I could bring something to their business……..and then with a little help I had my lightbulb moment and realised I was finding it so difficult because a job wasn’t what I was looking for it was time to step out of my comfort zone and create something I could truly call my own.  Something built around my values, experience and passion for retail something that I believe will help to change the retail culture and create shopping experiences that the customer will want to return to again and again.  Something to help independent retailers stand out from the crowd.  I am scared yes but more than that I am excited!!

Time to step out of my comfort zone……………..