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iNTERViEW WiTH ALEXANDRA POOLE – YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

2019-05-21T14:00:37+00:00March 8th, 2019|

How old are you?

I’m 31 years old.

 

Tell us a bit about how you came to be running your business?

I credit the Young Enterprise scheme with igniting my passion for business. The responsibility of running a small company Vivre (‘life’) as part of the scheme truly gave direction to mine.

I come from a family of entrepreneurs, and always dreamed of running my own business. After a variety of operational roles delivering support to businesses across many sectors, I discovered my true passion is change – the holistic, well-thought-out kind!

As a Chartered Manager, I am aware of the latest changes and challenges facing industry. I use this growing network to develop thinking and practices to allow me to better serve the organisations with which I work.

 

What areas do you specialise in?

I specialise in supporting and coaching organisations to change and develop workforce skills and behaviours to make sustainable, tangible improvement. By helping my clients to increase value and reduce waste, I demonstrate a significant return on their investment and maximise bottom-line savings.

So far, I have worked with clients in the manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, R&D, healthcare, banking, construction and aerospace sectors and have cultural experience of working practices in the UK, Europe and the USA.

 

Who has provided you with help and support along the way?

I’ve received some invaluable support from a number of inspirational people and helpful organisations, such as senior staff members and colleagues in my previous workplaces, my local enterprise agency and of course other small business owners.

 

How many clients/customers do you currently look after? Tell us a bit about them?

It’s difficult to quantify exactly how many clients I have, but currently I am working with individuals and organisations within the aerospace, manufacturing, energy and charity sectors.

In particular, I’m extremely proud to be working with Sharing in Growth UK (SiG), as our values align perfectly; together we can contribute to the growth of our economy, by creating new job opportunities and delivering social impact for the benefit of everyone.

 

What would you say has been the most challenging part of growing/running your business so far?

The fine balance of working ‘on’ as well as ‘in’ business – by this I mean coordinating activities for my company’s growth and improvement whilst delivering for my clients’ businesses.

Recruiting for growth has also been a challenge; taking that first step to employ another member of staff that has not only the skills and experience, but also the same values and drive as I do!

 

And what has been the most rewarding?

It’s been amazing to work with such a wide range of businesses and to connect with truly inspiring industry leaders, but I would say the opportunity to do pro bono work with non-profit organisations, especially for Young Enterprise, has been the most gratifying.

 

Do you use social media for your business and if so, to what effect?

Yes, I use Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with my business network, providing thought leadership on industry issues and promoting the services that my company provides.

 

What advice would you give to another young entrepreneur starting out in business?

Always be yourself, no matter what – your individuality is your greatest asset. And don’t forget to dream big – in times of doubt, ask yourself what you would do if you weren’t afraid.

 

Why do you feel that Yorkshire is a great place to do business?

There are many reasons, but at the top of the list has to be the Northern Powerhouse; Yorkshire is a hotbed of business innovation across many sectors, driving the region’s economic growth and employment.

I would also like to add that Yorkshire folk’s can-do attitude and desire to improve makes doing business with them an absolute pleasure! It’s great to give back to a region that’s given me so much.

 

And finally – where do you hope to see the business in five years’ time?

Given the nature of my work, I have clear goals and objectives for this!

the iNNiTi effect will be providing a first-class business support service to our clients through long-term partnerships. I would also like to mentor and help to develop the next generation of world-class business professionals.

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