Please tell us briefly about your career to date and what you are most proud of achieving.
"I presently own and run businesses in the hospitality sector in the town centre of Doncaster. I started with one pub which was ready for closure just over 10 years ago and built it up into a viable group of pubs, bar and restaurant. I am proud of the model we have created and the perseverance we have needed to weather the great storms over the past 10 years. We have developed a strong value-led group with focus on investing in our staff, customers and the town centre itself. Our vision will continue to focus on the value of people, our environment to create an enriched provision, and continued training and development of staff in both industry skills and person growth. Previous to owning these businesses, I ran a jewellery and picture framing business whilst my main job was Curriculum Leader at Doncaster College which I loved."
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Doncaster businesses today?
"Footfall into the town centre and the unfortunate perception the public have of the town centre itself. There has been great emphasis from press and the public that the town centre is an unsafe place with no culture, poor quality retail and night life. This has to change and immediate action needs to take place to help change this perception."
What would you like Doncaster Chamber’s priorities to be for the next 12 months?
|"As it states itself “get things done”. We all have different priorities as to “what needs to be done” however and very few of us have privileged insight into the big picture. I am aware that most towns and cities have similar challenges regarding retail and the high streets and how internet shopping is having a negative effect on businesses trying to survive on the high street. I have heard of the ‘new model’ of in-town residential accommodation above retail/hospitality units which could stimulate high street spending and the possibility that City status could bring university-age students to help increase demand in hospitality but is this all speculation? Hopefully in the next 12 months, the Chamber can be successful in helping support a productive link between the learning, business and public sectors and help lift the profile of Doncaster as a place to visit, and not just the racecourse and wildlife park but the town centre itself."|
What would you like the Chamber to be famous for in three years’ time?
|"Improved educational inclusivity to enable people of all backgrounds to maximise their potential. This in turn will lead to a growing, successful economy within the borough. With growing technology and strong links with industry, business and learning to ensure skills developed meet the needs of the employer. This in turn could help encourage others to invest in the borough and so it evolves."|