SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER
Featuring Marie Watkins from Tembo Marketing
YOUR NAME? - Marie Watkins
NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? - Tembo Marketing
WEBSITE ADDRESS? – www.tembomarketing.co.uk
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – I worked for an International Remote Healthcare company for just over eight years, in 2016 I decided to leave that role as I was in need of a change and I went to Tanzania for 4 months volunteering with an International Development charity. When I came back, I moved to London for a short time and worked for VSO, another Development charity.
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – When I was planning my move back to the Forest, I racked my brain with what to do, shall I look for work in Gloucester, Cheltenham or Bristol and tackle the commute? I like helping people solve problems and at that time I was also helping a friend who runs a small business with her marketing so I thought why not start my own business and look to help more people like her. So that is what I did and Tembo was born in April 2018.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? – I am a keen rugby fan and I am a member of Drybrook RFC committee and help out there as much as I can. I also try and get to the gym as much as I can and I am off to Kenya early next year to climb Mt Kenya in aid of the charity Toucan for Children.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE? – Hmm that is a hard one. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves is the best Sunday afternoon film but I must admit I am a bit of a Rocky fan! And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus the Movie. 😊
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? – I turned vegetarian when I went to Tanzania so now I would say some sort of veggie lasagne and garlic bread!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UK HOLIDAY DESTINATION? – UK has to be London, there is so much to see and do and lots of history there, which is really interesting. Although History was my worst subject at school.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION ABROAD? – This is a really hard one. I love Canada particularly the west but I also love East Africa it is such a beautiful place.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME? – I would have to say Game of Thrones and I am about to embark on a marathon to watch all of the previous seasons ready for the finale next year.
YOUR FAVOURITE SONG? – I don’t really have a favourite song I am in to lots of different music from Country to chart stuff but my favourite artist at the moment would have to be Rag’n’Bone man
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – I enjoy the flexibility it brings as I also volunteer my time at a local charity, Toucan for Children so it means I can help out more when needed. I also just enjoy helping people solve their business problems offering advice and guidance where I can.
IF YOU HAD A MAGIC WAND WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – I wouldn’t charge my clients any money. It sounds strange but working with small to medium size businesses can be difficult as the investment is not always there although often needed.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME? I would like to have grown Tembo and be working with more businesses within the area.
DO YOU HAVE ANY USEFUL TIPS OR IDEAS THAT YOU COULD SHARE WITH THE OTHER CAP MEMBERS? – Building your business is like building a house. Get the foundations strong and in the right place and you will be well away!
HOW HAS CAP BUSINESS CLUBS HELPED YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS? – I have met some great people in CAP and also made some great contacts. If you are just starting out the club definitely gives you the boost you need and really helps build confidence.
Thank you Marie for spending some time answering these questions
- it's greatly appreciated.
Marie Watkins is one of those rare individuals who combines all of the following attributes:
Paul Flitcroft, - Director of Fundraising VSO
"Marie has been an invaluable support in both the setup and development of Toucan for Children. With her assistance we have been able to focus on the key objectives of our business, and our skill sets, whilst confident in the knowledge our operating systems, strategic development and marketing strategy are being developed with as much expertise as we bring to our therapeutic practise.
When starting a new organisation there are many needs for successful and effective growth. Marie has enabled our business to flourish. - Toucan Management Team
"Marie literally wipes the floor with my to do list and saves me so much time. What would take me weeks to achieve she delivers in days." - Lucy, Owner, Relentless Gym