Hi, I’m Jo James, with over 25 years hands-on experience of growing 6 and 7 figure businesses starting with developing pubs and restaurants in my 20’s. My first place was The Canonbury Tavern in Islington, when I was just 23. At first it was taking only £1500 a week, but in only nine months time I grew it to £15,000 a week, £750,00 per year. #result! I was hooked. I stayed there until I was 25 and with a massive bonus from my efforts, took a year off and went round the world. I love meeting new people and immersing myself into new cultures, eating new foods, and exploring our beautiful world. It was an amazing experience I will never forget, and I learned so much along the way.
When I returned to the UK I called my Area Manager and told him I was back! Next stop, Barnstaple in North Devon to take over a 13 Century Coaching Inn, with a 50 seater restaurant, a function room so I could put on weddings, a top bar with live Jazz, and a skittle alley I eventually turned into a live music venue. I grew profits and turnover in 12 months to over £1 million.
As is the case with many people, my life has taken a few twists and turns and after leaving my first husband when I was 28, I came to London myself and managed a retail health store. But boy I needed more money and a car! So after a year learning all about vitamins and helping people improve their health, I joined a leading food brand as an Area Sales Manager, and grew my area to seven figures, from selling over the phone, and face to face meetings, including schools, restaurants and Wembley Stadium!
At 30, I needed another new challenge, so started afresh as a Permanent Consultant for a high street recruitment agency. Wow, I loved it! Working through the first dot com boom, a recession and then seeing in the new century I was asked to be the Manager of the Canary Wharf branch. But after filling out far too many excel spreadsheets for Head Office, I knew it was time for me to step up, take that leap and start my own business.
I really wanted to focus on helping my candidates to develop their careers, so at 35, I started my own Recruitment Business specialising in Media and Medical Health. I successfully ran this London based business for 10 years, starting on the dining room table with a laptop and a phone. I enjoyed working and recruiting for corporates, small businesses and creative start-ups.
From working in saturated markets, it taught me how you’ve got to stand out, have structure and processes in place, be active and consistent with your sales and marketing, and deliver excellence.
Now, as one of London’s leading business coaches, I share my business, sales, tech and marketing skills with ambitious Solopreneurs and small business owners. I help them to significantly increase sales, and successfully build, manage and grow their brilliant businesses. Whilst enjoying doing it!
Would you like some help too? Get in touch with me today and we’ll set up a time to talk or meet up. Let’s make it happen, and create your lifestyle from doing the business you love.