Unlocking Potential #oneteam
Meet Rachel. She is a Business Development Manager for our InFocus and Breakthrough programmes. She likes tea, meeting businesses with new ideas and being the best kind of ‘critical friend’.
Photo of me
So, the rather grainy photo above is of me and my big brother. I love learning new skills and one of the best skills I’ve ever been taught is shown in this photo; how to make tea. A problem shared is a problem halved and if it’s shared over a cup of tea, well, we’ll sort it. There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is ‘tea’! (I might just go and trademark that…)
I’m a Business Development Manager on the Breakthrough team. We help support businesses in their infancy years; we can be a neutral party, a fresh set of eyes and a critical friend. We’re not here to tell but we can guide each new business on their journey. Different businesses often need help over the same hurdles but everyone’s journey is different and we all thrive on this.
What keeps me inspired? Meeting new people with new ideas… Being a Business Development Manager draws on and feeds my knowledge and experience and I really love the variety of the role; the opportunity to meet and connect people and help nurture clients’ talents and ideas; to help them understand their limits and limitations, their goals and aspirations. It’s a privilege. If we’re going to help someone get on the first rung of the business ladder we like to make sure they’ve got it up against the right wall and for the right reasons and that they know there’s someone looking out for them!
I work with a great team; that doesn’t stop with the Unlocking Potential guys- it’s also the new business community that has evolved through the Breakthrough support.
My first job for pocket money; writing hundreds of calligraphy place names for WI dinners! My first proper payslip; Sales Assistant in TK Maxx. Whilst the thought of spending a day in a shopping mall for fun makes me feel queasy the job instilled in me a love of finding a bargain and the joy of eclectic receipts.
If I was stranded on a desert island what three things would I like to have… hmm…I can struggle to switch off (especially if there’s the potential of heavy footed eight-legged critters jumping off palm trees) so probably a feather pillow and some earplugs to aid a night’s sleep! And the third thing…perhaps a strong-armed easy-on-the-eye chap who can swim over to the next island to grab me some tea bags and head back to fluff the pillow!
What age would I pick to stick at forever? I’d like to think I’m not qualified to judge this one yet! My Nan is sailing through her nineties so for inspiration I’ll take a leaf from her book.
Read about last week’s #oneteam Business Development Manager, Jaime Tinker