SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER
Featuring Jo Davies-Raynor from Forest Traders
I hope that you enjoy reading and pick up some useful ideas and tips
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SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER.
YOU’RE NAME? - Jo Davies
NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? - Forest Traders
WEBSITE ADDRESS? – www.foresttraders.co.uk
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – Before career break in 2008 to start a family, I was an admin assistant with a plan to do my AAT Accounting qualification.
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? - The recession. I wanted to return to work but have something that would fit in with 2 young children. The recession was a harsh time for friends and family with businesses and I saw a gap in the market to help them to grow their businesses but at a cost they could afford.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? - Socialising with friends, spending time with my family and I love a good quiz night!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE? - Big Hero 6 currently!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? - A roast dinner (vegetarian version)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UK HOLIDAY DESTINATION? - Isle of Wight – a must for us every year. Like going abroad without going abroad!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION ABROAD? - I've been to Spain and France but would love to visit Italy.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME? - I do like my soaps...... Neighbours, Home & Away and Eastenders are usually on.
YOUR FAVOURITE SONG? – 'Centuries' by Fall out Boy.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? - Seeing people smile! I love helping people so receiving a nice email, message, text or phone call to say they're pleased with my work is amazing!
IF YOU HAD A MAGIC WAND WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? The hours involved – it's a lot of work and constant......no holidays and time off, even weekends!
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME? I hope to expand more into business training and possible expansion into other areas.
DO YOU HAVE ANY USEFUL TIPS OR IDEAS THAT YOU COULD SHARE WITH THE OTHER CAP MEMBERS? - Never follow the path everyone else is – be bold, be different and stand out! Always look at how you can do something different.
HOW HAS CAP BUSINESS CLUBS HELPED YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS? - CAP has given me confidence in my business and helped me to gain some great connections and has sparked some great ideas!
Thank you Jo for spending some time answering these questions
- it's greatly appreciated.
Brilliant service from www.foresttraders.co.uk, who are not only extremely reasonable in price but make sure that every opportunity is used to promote our Company, be it on Facebook, Twitter or other media. All in all, work very hard to promote any Company listed with them, which can only help to win Business. - Linda
Thanks for your help Jo, you have been fantastic. We will definitely recommend you. You are extremely efficient, a great communicator and very prompt to answer questions and upload adverts. - Beth
“Jo of Forest Traders has been fantastic in helping me grow my pet sitting business.She is a brilliant communicator, organiser, a great inspiration and an ambassador in representing small businesses in the Forest of Dean. I continue to advertise with Forest Traders as I love the friendly personal approach to business marketing and is very helpful with a wealth of knowledge from advertising my business on line, through social media and local events. I highly recommend any local businesses to advertise with Forest Traders - at reasonable rates too - a great service and resource for the community ….you wont be sorry.” Lisa M
I have been using Forest Traders for just under 6 months and have found them a great company to work with.
Friendly, reliable and a great way to help me promote my Business throughout The Forest of Dean.
I look forward to working with them for many years to come. - Ben
I am very grateful to Jo and Andy for their help in marketing my Business K M Event Decor through the Forest Traders Website. Their marketing strategy is great, and just what the Forest of Dean needs. No fuss, just an easy, simple to use directory of all the local Businesses. They are very professional at what they do, their advertising costs are very reasonable and I recommend them to local Businesses who are looking for affordable advertising all the time. - Kirsty
Forest Traders is a no brainer for me. Excellent google rankings combined with the best social media coverage bar none. At the heart you have Jo Davies working hard for your business, Jo actually cares and is passionate about her marketing strategies and it shows. Highly recommend Forest Traders to any business. - Paul J
Jo has been running a very successful Twitter campaign for us in the lead up to the biggest and best FREE arts event in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley. She has worked so hard for us, and come up with so many good ideas - we are happy to extend her contract with us for the foreseeable future. We highly recommend Jo and Forest Traders and the work they do. - David Broadbent for Forest & Valley Open Studios