On 30th June 2020, Laura and I bought the Founding Director out of the business and had to heartbreakingly reduce our team to save the business that we had all worked so hard to build. It was also the day that we became a Certified B Corp.
A bittersweet day I believe we will never forget.
Fast forward a few more months and to another lockdown; school and nursery were open, but life was still very much restricted. Our children couldn’t see friends, play sports or visit family. Our responsibility to care and nurture their physical and mental needs while managing a business that, through hard work and great relationships, was seeing a growth in work, continued to be hugely demanding.
By Christmas, we were drained and looking forward to a break.
Another lockdown, a further period of school closures and increasing project work at the beginning of 2021, has meant we work in whatever ways and means we can. It is exhausting; it is monotonous, it has its highs and lows, good days and bad.
Laura and I haven’t seen each other for almost six months, instead living and working at home in our local areas some 50 miles apart. But still our strength, fight and determination to be the best partners, mothers, sisters, daughters, business owners, leaders and friends continues.
International Women’s Day 2021 falls on the day that schools open again in England. Laura’s children will return to school and we will begin to plan my Maternity Leave as I am expecting my second child in the Summer. The pull on our time and our love will continue but what a year it has been. One that has made us stronger than ever!
As we look to the future with the challenging days of 2020 behind us, the experiences and lessons of the last year have left us with a desire to do better, to use our strengths as a smaller team and to collaborate with our trusted and growing network of suppliers, freelancers and advisors. We have learnt that our ability to be flexible is key and by using this to diversify and stretch ourselves and our business, we believe that we can come back stronger and better than ever.
Happy International Women’s Day!