‘Inspirational leadership and entrepreneurial spirit by leader of Daisy Nursery’

14 March 2016

‘Inspirational leadership and entrepreneurial spirit by leader of Daisy Nursery’

Supported and sponsored by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub, the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted the fourth in the ‘Talks on Enterprise Development’ series at the Henley Business School on Monday 14 March 2016.

Supported and sponsored by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub, the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted the fourth in the ‘Talks on Enterprise Development’ series at the Henley Business School on Monday 14 March 2016.

The ‘Talks on Enterprise Development’ series puts the spotlight on leadership and engaging SMEs and showcases successful SMEs leaders who share their personal stories of developing high growth businesses, the challenges they faced and how they dealt with them, achievements, lessons learnt and their thoughts about the future. 

   

 

Victoria spoke with considerable energy, joy and excitement about how she started and built a multi-£million business. ‘Having dedicated and passionate staff is central to success’ said Victoria. This is one of the five key pillars of Victoria’s mission (‘a petal of the daisy flower’ as Victoria calls it).

Victoria’s decision to start a company whilst on honeymoon in Hawaii is one that the audience will remember and also how her life’s circumstances of working long hours without recognition for a corporate retailer was a catalyst.

Victoria spoke about the many challenges she faced during the early months and years including building a business when you are young and inexperienced, holding up the weight of responsibility (for delivering a service and all that demands), maintaining a high standard (which Victoria does not compromise on) and learning to delegate as the business grew; and here is the lesson… Victoria came through it all successfully having in parallel become a mother of two children.

Victoria said ‘the combination of great staff who care, premium care services and the unique surrounding of her nurseries (that includes a barn and coach house) have a lot to do with the success of Daisy Nursery’ and why today the business has no debt and a waiting list of parents wanting to send their children to her nurseries going out to the end of 2017.  

Victoria does not desire to give up control of her business. She wants to grow the business but ensure that her business thrives upon the high standards of child care, happy staff and contented parents.

Victoria sent a powerful message ‘if I can do it anyone can…’ Therein is a challenge to all budding entrepreneurs.   

This is what members of the audience had to say about Victoria’s talk:

A very bright & enthusiastic talk from a very passionate entrepreneurs who is a fantastic example of going to get what she wants’ Dave Hill, Owner The Christmas Decorators

Captivating talk on how an entrepreneur left her financially secure job to achieve/reach towards her ambitions and visions. Truly InspirationalUrsula Artjoki,  MSc Entrepreneurship Student, Henley Business School

I absolutely loved Victoria’s presentation. Her story, the good, the bad, very inspiring. It’s tough running a business!Philippa Hale, Director, Open Limits

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

It was a real pleasure and privilege to have Victoria speak on campus and we want to extend an enormous thank you to Victoria.

The fifth in the ‘Talks on Enterprise Development’ series is scheduled on Monday, 16 May 2016 and is to be delivered by Tom Burnet, CEO Access, a technology solutions provider to the theme park and leisure centre owners that help enhance the guest experience.  

The UoR is committed to work with the SME community in the Thames Valley Region for mutual benefit.

 

Contact and Notes:
Jurek Sikorski
Business Development Lead & Executive in Residence, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship
Ejurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk
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Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship
Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship is part of Henley Business School at the University of Reading which provides a hub for teaching and research in the subject, inspiring students from across the University to embrace, develop and apply their entrepreneurial abilities.

 

 

 

 

Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub The Growth Hub offers a new way of working to Berkshire's high growth businesses. Backed by Government it provides a single gateway for ambitious businesses who are seeking the information, guidance, support, expertise, finance, knowledge and experience they need to scale up and grow, boost performance and find new ways of working.

W:www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk