I was recently interviewed by Entreprenursery for their Founder series of interviews with working parents and entrepreneurs. We chatted about why and how I launched Perfect Cuppa English, my top tips for fellow entrepreneurs and what motivates me.
Entreprenursery is a new concept in North West London which offers a flexible co-working space for parents with separate working space and crèche for children. It is creating a community of like-minded people to share ideas, expertise, and contacts to help build their unique ideas.
Read my interview here: http://www.entreprenursery.co.uk/founder-series-victoria-rennoldson/
- So Victoria, What’s your story? How did you become an entrepreneur – what was your motivation to start Perfect Cuppa English?
I’d worked in Marketing in the food industry for over 10 years when I had our 1st child, Oliver. I wanted to go back to work part-time and it wasn’t easy to balance it all, so I decided to start with something new, flexible and closer to home. I had met so many expat and international families living locally, some of whom get access to great relocation services, but after the initial few months there isn’t much support and that can be hard, especially if one spouse or partner isn’t working and doesn’t speak great English.
So, I retrained in teaching English and set up my business to help settle international people and expats into life in London through personalised English language coaching, British cultural understanding and orientation walks. I regularly give talks to local groups about British life and cultural topics, as well as leading discovery walks for people to explore and enjoy the area more.
I called it Perfect Cuppa because I love tea, a lot. That and it’s also such a British word for a cup of tea, which is also in itself so British.
- Who is your role model and why?
I don’t have a specific person in mind, but I do find it incredibly inspiring when I come across the creative energy and passion of so many people setting up their own businesses, so they can find their own path and make it work flexibly with their families. I am lucky I have had the chance to meet lots of these fascinating people through various local meet up and networking groups.
- How would people closest to you describe you in 3 words?
Sociable (I like talking, which probably helps for my job!), very organised, determined.
- What is your favourite entrepreneurial brand? Why?
So hard to choose 1! If I think about 2 brands I use regularly for work, I am a huge fan of Moo, the design and print business, as I can create beautiful, high- quality personalised materials at low cost. Plus, Mail Chimp- I just love the user-friendliness and accessibility, and how they communicate with me like a real person.
- What are you reading right now?
Dr Laura Markham’s “Peaceful parents, happy kids: How to stop yelling & start connecting”- it literally keeps me sane and helps keep me balanced with the kids.
That plus I’m re-reading Robert Temple’s “Very British Problems”, which makes me giggle at the trials and tribulations of being British.
- What keeps you up at night?
I usually sleep pretty well as I’m always fairly exhausted! Unless I’ve had too many cuppas that day…
- What is your biggest achievement?
Having the confidence to actually start my own thing, and then keep believing I can make it happen, even when I’m going through slow times. I have a mentor, who is fantastic, and I’d highly recommend to anybody who is running their own business to get their own mentor. I meet a lot of clients and people through work, but it really helps to have somebody to discuss the bigger picture, the future and business challenges.
- Where do you hope to be in a year with your business?
Still meeting and being inspired by great people, whether they are individual clients, people coming along to my talks or walks, or amazing people creating their own brilliant businesses!
Victoria Rennoldson, Founder of Perfect Cuppa English
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