Three years ago I was part of a brilliant group of budding entrepreneurs lucky enough to be offered a place at the School for Social Entrepreneurs East of England Enterprise, Ipswich. It was a great opportunity to spend time with like minded people, to get inspired and to experience huge personal motivation.
It wasn’t until I neared the end of the course that I realised how I always used the same toilet in the building when I went for a wee, and then I realised why! On the back of each door was a different quote and my favourite quote, from the late, great Anita Roddick, was in cubilce three.
Over time, since graduating, that quote has often rung loud in my ears and, a few weeks ago, when I proudly earned myself the title of Suffolk’s Food & Drink Hero, I realised just how much that quote has meant to me, how much it has inspired me, how much I have acheived with that mantra in my head.
I am, as I explained, on that very proud day, essentially a working mum who stepped forward to save something that I care about but, more than that, I am living proof that if you really do believe in something with enough passion, then you really can make it happen.