Gill Dunsford – Business Divas
We talk to Gill Dunsford about her business venture, Business Divas, and what inspired her to set up her company
What is your area of expertise/business speciality?
Sales and Marketing, Customer Relationships, Business Development.
Tell us a bit about your new business.
Business Divas is a new venture set up by myself and Briony Roberts who has a similar business background to myself. We aim to cover a gap in the market for small/new businesses to help them grow strategically, without the normal hefty monthly retainer or long-term contract.
Following a career in advertising and media sales, I started my own business in a friend’s postroom with NO clients in 1999, and built the business turnover to £3.5 million within 5 years.
How did you get into your chosen career and why?
It was either going to be music or advertising, and advertising won – a good decision!
What do you enjoy most about what you do? Making something happen. Starting with a blank sheet of paper and generating results.
What have been the high, and low, points of your career to date? High – winning a huge piece of business against 11 other larger more established businesses. Low – having to make people redundant during the 2008 crash.
What makes your business stand out?
Our passion, commitment, determination, and a hands-on, always available approach.
Is there a secret to your success?
Being very driven, and a people person, not afraid of hard work, putting in extra hours.
What do your clients value most about your services?
Honesty, integrity, creative thinking – ability to problem solve, delivering results.
What have been your best business decisions in the last few years?Taking on a non-exec. Buying the freehold of an office. Winding up a business solvently. Investing in buy to let properties.
What can you offer clients that competitors can’t?
Flexibility, understanding and history of running a business, low overheads, low maintenance!
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Being able to make a positive difference! Working with entrepreneurs and helping them expand their business.