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, 10 X business growth
, #result! I was hooked, 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 13th 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 grew this London based business from scratch to multiple 6-figures, 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. During the pandemic an old client got in touch and asked me to recruit for them again. I found 3 brilliant new members of staff for the vacancies they were struggling to fill. I can’t forget those recruitment skills, I loved it!
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. I’d love to help you stand out from the crowd, raise your profile and and be the expert in your field.
How we can work together
As one of London’s leading business coaches, I share my business, sales, tech and marketing skills with ambitious Solopreneurs and small business owners online in the AmberLife zoom room, where the magic happens! Either in quarterly Action Groups or working privately in the 6-figure business program.
Empowering my clients to significantly increase sales, and successfully build, manage and grow their brilliant businesses. While enjoying doing it!
And since 2020 I’m working in the Algarve, Portugal as we have made the bold move and live here permanently now after 4 years travelling and working between Piccadilly and Portugal. As well as working with my clients online, it’s great to work with businesses here in the Algarve. Some of my UK clients have been here for a week working together and enjoying what the Algarve as to offer – a beautiful natural landscape, sunny peaceful surroundings, fresh local produce and friendly people. The Algarve has won many awards as Best Destination, Best Beaches and now has a great visa for digital nomads and visitors.
So do have a look at the next Retreat for Strategies in the Sun, or if you’d prefer to work with me privately here, have a look at a Breakthrough in Portugal.
Would you like some help transforming your business? 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.