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Getting to know – Kate Barnard

In order to get to know the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen members better, we have been asking them 10 probing questions because it is always useful as business women to find out what wine they prefer, whether they are morning people, and who their ideal dinner guests are.

Kate BarnardAs well as running her own physiotherapy practice, Kate Barnard has been in training for the London Marathon. This Sunday, 26th April 2015, Kate will be pounding the streets of London alongside 30,000 other runners. She is raising money for the Bedford Hospital Research and Education Fund – to sponsor her efforts visit www.justgiving.com/Katiethephysio. Good luck Kate!

  1. Books or movies?
    Both. I love to read and am reading plenty of books as part of my Happiness project. About to start Beloved by Toni Morrison. I also love a good movie of pretty much any genre, snuggled on the sofa with my husband or with my sons as company.
  2. What was your first job?
    A waitress at the Little Chef on the A1 at Sandy. It was tough!
  3. Call or text?
    I love to chat, so call I guess.
  4. What is the best thing about running your own business?
    Being able to give a quality service without any compromise.
  5. Spring or Autumn?
    Autumn, great time of year for running. Love the colours.
  6. What is your favourite place in Bedfordshire?
    My happiest place is at home with my family. From a running point of view, I love Priory Park and a coffee at The Kiosk after!. I do also love a Mojito at The Embankment.
  7. Personal chef and personal fitness trainer?
    Chef! I’m motivated enough with fitness, but I would happily pass the cooking over.
  8. You can invite 6 famous people, dead or alive, to dinner – who would you choose and why?
    Bill Bailey – because he makes me laugh out loud. Laura Ingalls Wilder – I read The Little House on the Prairie books over and over again as a child, I’d love to talk about her childhood with her. Emily Blunt – she’s a great actress and I want to now how she does that yoga move in The Edge of Tomorrow. Shane Williams – Welsh rugby god. Enough said. Johnny Wilkinson – English but ditto. My husband – he’s not famous but he’d kill me if I had Shane over and didn’t include him.
  9. Cookies or cake?
    Cake. Chocolate, fig and almond cake from Fancy, it’s gluten free and totally amazing.
  10. Top tip for anyone contemplating running a marathon?
    If you’re a non-runner give yourself at least 2 years to build up to a marathon, if you already run 5km and 10km, give yourself about 18 months, it sounds like a long time but it’s easy to watch the London Marathon on the tv and think it looks easy. the training is hard! I spent most of 2014 increasing my distance so that 10 miles felt relatively easy, but also making sure I was running 3 times a week, and with a weekly mileage between 15 and 20 miles by the end of the year. I started the marathon training in January 2015 from a strong base, and so far (fingers crossed) I have managed reasonably well with the training. So Gill, Maureen and Emma should be fine for 2016. They’ll love me for that. Ha ha ha!

Getting to know – Sue Bedford

In order to get to know the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen members better, we have been asking them 10 probing questions because it is always useful as business women to find out what wine they prefer, whether they are morning people, and who their ideal dinner guests are.

Sue BedfordSue Bedford is a long-serving member of Bedfordshire BusinessWomen. Her business, Pulse Health Screening provides health and wellbeing services to individuals and companies, including personal health checks, a wide range of medical screening tests, and health promotion talks.

  1. Adventurous or cautious?
    Cautious
  2. What was your first job?
    Staff Nurse on a male Ear, Nose and Throat surgical ward in London
  3. Ferris wheel or rollercoaster?
    Ferris wheel to enjoy the view
  4. What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
    Don’t give up. Persevere, and success will follow.
  5. Dancing or singing?
    Singing
  6. What is your dream holiday destination?
    A water villa in the Maldives
  7. Washing up or drying up?
    Drying up
  8. You can invite 6 famous people, dead or alive, to dinner – who would you choose and why?
    Jesus, because He always had thought-provoking stories when invited to dinner and the food and wine would never run out;
    Richard Branson, to hear about his experiences and tips of being an entrepreneur;
    Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine who rightly said over 2000 years ago that food was medicine and medicine was food, which present day medicine sadly ignores;
    Florence Nightingale, because it was a book about her that inspired me to become a nurse;
    Mahatma Gandhi, because the normal dinner conversation of putting the world to rights would be full of his wonderfully, insightful quotations; and
    Phillip Day, not as famous as the others, but a health researcher, writer and speaker with a wealth of knowledge about healthy living.
  9. Sunrise or sunset?
    Sunrise
  10. What one thing would you recommend we start doing to improve our health and well-being?
    First, have a health screen with me to find out where you are on your health journey, then follow my recommendations!

Getting to know – Gill Lake

In order to get to know the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen members better, we have been asking them 10 probing questions because it is always useful as business women to find out what biscuits they prefer, whether they are morning people, and who their ideal dinner guests are.

Gill LakeGill Lake has been involved with Bedfordshire BusinessWomen for a large part of its 27 years, including as President. But do you really know Gill? Let’s find out…

  1. Adventurous or cautious?
    Cautious, I’m an accountant after all!
  2. What was your first job?
    As a teenager, washing up in a cafe; as an adult,  trainee chartered accountant.
  3. Books or movies?
    Movies, only have time for books on holiday 🙂
  4. What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
    If you don’t ask you certainly won’t get.
  5. Scrambled or fried?
    Scrambled, like my brain seems to be these days…
  6. What is your dream holiday destination?
    I want to go to China to see the terracotta army and to walk on the wall.
  7. Early bird or night owl?
    I used to be an early bird but I’m fast becoming a night owl, I like my cup of tea in bed each morning.
  8. You can invite 6 famous people, dead or alive, to dinner – who would you choose and why?
    Gosh, it’s really difficult to pick six, and no doubt as soon as I have I will want to change my mind, but here goes:
    Jesus – major influence in my life
    Eric Morecombe – funniest comedian I know
    Karen Carpenter – best singer ever
    Torvil and Dean – I know that’s two people but they are the best ever
    Jane Austen – I can read her books again and again (and have done)
    Gandhi – you have to admire his stickability
  9. Beach or pool?
    Pool, it’s cleaner and you don’t get sand everywhere.
  10. Top accountancy tip for anyone in business?
    Cash is still King – to make a real profit you need to get more money in than you spend out, a sale isn’t a sale until it’s been paid.

Getting to know – Babs Morse

In order to get to know the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen members better, we have been asking them 10 probing questions because it is always useful as business women to find out what biscuits they prefer, whether they are morning people, and who their ideal dinner guests are.

Babs Morse, All Seasons Boutique, SandyOur latest victim is the lovely Babs Morse from All Seasons Boutique in Sandy.

  1. ​Bright colors or neutral tones?
    For me, definitely bright colours.
  2. What was your first job?
    Saturday girl in Waitrose
  3. Truth or dare?
    Dare!
  4. What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
    By my hairdresser, don’t worry about making a £1 as it isn’t really a £1 by the time you take out your Vat, overheads etc.  What you need to do is find a way of saving a £1 by cutting costs etc as you save a whole £1!
  5. Heels or flats?
    Heels!
  6. What is your dream holiday destination?
    Seychelles
  7. Early bird or night owl?
    Night owl!
  8. You can invite 6 famous people, dead or alive, to dinner – who would you choose and why?
    Queen Victoria – Such a strong woman, imagine what we could all learn from her!
    Ava Gardiner – It would be very entertaining I’m sure to hear about her love life!!!
    George Michael – I’m an 80’s girl!
    Cleopatra – I’m very interested in Egyptian history.
    Caroline Aherne – as her Nan character as I think she is hilarious!
    John Bishop – such a funny guy!
  9. Think before you talk or talk before you think?
    3 second rule, think before you talk!
  10. Top style tip for Spring / Summer 2015?​
    There is a lot of blue around this year and blue and white is a key trend for S/S 15. As always good quality nude underwear is a must for under anything white or light in colour, not white as this will just show through. There are also lots of waterfall/drape cardigans for Spring which can be worn buttoned up on the shoulders to create a cape effect look. This will also carry through to Autumn/Winter 15.

Getting to know – Emma Garrett

We have had great fun this year with the “Getting to know…” feature, with the answers to the 10 probing questions providing valuable insights into the lives of Bedfordshire’s business women.

Emma GarrettAhead of her final network as President, we thought it only fair that Emma Garrett – also representing The Kiosk in the Park, The Pavillion in the Park, and Emma Garrett Social Media Services – was given a bumper 20 questions to answer. Grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!

  1. Red or white wine?
    Red (or white if it’s got bubbles in!)
  2. What was your first job?
    I used to go and help my godmother in her Sports Shop – it was incredibly exciting – I used to go by train and I felt incredibly grown up. They stopped letting me use the till after a while as I used to get a little carried away…
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