Hi, I’m Jan Lord Tameside Business Entrepreneur and my favourite quote comes from Henry Ford….
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
We set up our first business in 2003 with no business experience at all. I along with my husband and youngest son have taken my current business Guide Bridge MOT and Service Centre from virtually nothing to being the only RAC Branded garage in the UK!
Facing many ups and downs along the way, taking risks and being a vulnerable woman in a male-dominated industry. At one point, we lost our home to keep the business afloat. In 2009 the business started to take its place in a very competitive area and along the way I have picked up several prestige awards.
Having worked for many years in a corporate world, it was tough to come into the independent sector. My awards include:
2011– Woman of the Year for Innovation
2012– Runner up Business Person of the Year in the Pride of Tameside awards
2013– Going the Extra Mile award
2014– Pride of Tameside Business of the Year
2015– Long Service Award with ARI
2016– Finalist in Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – E3 awards
One of my biggest achievements is setting up the Purple Ball of Hope in memory of my mum. This has raised over £18,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
I am a trustee for a charity which allocates over £17K a quarter to charities in Health and Social care via a network of garages. I am known as the Business Correspondent for the Tameside Reporter and a co-presenter on Tameside Radio weekly.
Sheer determination and commitment to a business which now employs 10 people (6 of which are family) are what keeps me going.