It was heart breaking to close down Gear for Girls in 2017 after 12 years of trading. It was a lifestyle business we all loved working at, and our loyal customers were wonderful.
The Gear for Girls years will always be remembered as some of the best years of my life and I still run regularly with some of the team.
There were some hard lessons learnt…
Success is fickle. Standing outside No. 10 as a Small Business 100 Company and promoting our business to Chancellor of the Exchequer was a big high point. It veiled the toughness of the outdoor clothing market, swamped in over supply and dominated by some massive companies. In the end our small company just couldn’t compete.
Since Gear for Girls closed I’ve had time to take stock and come to realise that business is still my big passion (along with running and climbing of course). I’ve learnt some huge lessons I’d love to pass on to the next generation of entrepreneurs, particularly women.
Take a look at my startup blog… Be inspired. You could be the next female entrepreneur…
Believe me. Running your own business is the best job in the World.