Total Gas & Power
Total Gas & Power is a business energy supplier, wholly owned by Total SA. It has been a leading business ...Read More
My business card says:
Hair professional offering expertise.
I would describe myself in five words as:
Fair, committed, passionate about hairdressing.
I decided I wanted to run my own business when:
The opportunity came my way 18 years ago when I was working part-time as a self-employed hairdresser. This suited me as a mum with two young children. I’d previously spoken with my accountant about owning a business but it wasn’t on my immediate agenda. But when she found out this salon was up for sale she asked if I was interested. I had a look, thought why not and decided to go for it.
The hardest part of setting up my business was:
Finding the finance. My businesses partner – who’s also my other half – and I put in our savings but we also had to find a loan. That was really tough. We put our house up as collateral but that still didn’t guarantee us a loan as banks were dubious about lending. I think banks could do more for businesses: bank charges cripple us. We have to pay for every transaction.
I would tell other businesses to shop around and negotiate your banking regularly. Don’t stick with one bank for years. You might want to build up a relationship with a bank thinking goodwill goes a long way but it doesn’t – I’ve only met my bank manager once. Also, I could cut hair but I didn’t know about marketing the business or managing the team. I’ve had to educate myself.
My greatest business success is:
Being in business for 18 years and being successful year on year.
The key to being a successful small business owner is:
My top tip for entrepreneurs is:
You can get advice from business coaches and your local business community and I’ve always found most people are willing to help, but don’t forget to listen to your instincts.
My top money-saving tip is:
Shop around. For utilities, for insurance, for business banking. And check regularly to make sure you’re still getting the best deal.
The business headline I would most like to see is:
‘VAT rate cut to 15%.. VAT is a killer, especially having risen to 20%.
If I wasn’t answering these questions I would be:
Having lunch! It’s gone 5pm and I’m only just now getting to eat as it’s been so busy.
thank you nicole for your kind help to…
"thank you nicole for your kind help to set up my business electric account fantastic service and your personal touch thank you"This review was posted by Sam Raju on the 19th of February 2018
Aaron Gallagher recently helped me…
"Aaron Gallagher recently helped me switch the gas and electricity supply for our business. He was extremely helpful and well informed which was great for me as I know nothing in this area! He saved us a small fortune and dealt with all of the switch for us which again was extremely helpful as it wasn't completely straightforward. Thanks again for you help Aaron, it was so appreciated."This review was posted by Rachel on the 17th of February 2018
A better deal for our Village Hall
"I recently used this company to get a better energy deal for our local village hall. Other companies were quite pushy but Lorraine and Bhavni from SwitchMyBusiness were much more professional. They sent me useful information by email enabling me and the village hall committee to make a decision about which supplier to use. The switch was done by phone and when the energy provider sent the paper work to the wrong address Bhavni sorted it out straight away. I saved over £1000 for the charity."This review was posted by Irene Winter on the 16th of February 2018
"Lorraine was great and very helpful. We negotiated and received a good deal on our supply."This review was posted by Edwina Nash on the 16th of February 2018
The SME Personal Switcher
"The SME Personal Switcher, Lorraine Carey was really helpful."This review was posted by Cross Fabrications on the 16th of February 2018