My Journey to Cote How...
I have a varied background; a blend of creative, logic and corporate all rolled into one, and I guess this wealth of experience has helped mold me into who I am today.
Each and every thing I have done has been a great pleasure and taught me lots of skills along the way!
I left school and trained in Fashion Design and Textiles, then working full time in the clothing industry whilst continuing my studies eventually gaining my IMS certificate and diploma in management services. I then joined Courtaulds Textiles HQ as a project Manager and Industrial Engineer, working all over the UK assisting with business auditing, whilst continuing my studies to gain a DMS in Business Management at Derby University.
THE ENTREPRENEUR IN ME...
A few years later I decided to branch into self employment and opened my bridal boutique creating bespoke, made to measure bridal-wear. I showcased at major exhibitions including the National Wedding Shows at the NEC meeting brides from all over the country who would make special journeys to Nottingham to benefit from my bespoke service. I also retailed other designers' gowns and accessories, and founded an online ECommerce business retailing accessories and hand made veils.
After relocating to Cote How in 2006 I developed the existing bed and breakfast business to a world renowned Organic Guest House and Tearoom and achieved a 5 star green tourism award year on year plus a Soil Association organic license and was featured in several publications such as the Lonely Plant and Green Traveler to name a few. Organics and taking responsibility for our planet are always high on the agenda here at Cote How, and we remain as ethical as possible and always strive to minimise our environmental impact.