She Did It! – Interview with Rachel Elnaugh, original female Dragon in BBCs Dragons’ Den

She Did It! – Interview with Rachel Elnaugh, original female Dragon in BBCs Dragons’ Den

Rachel was the founder and CEO of Red Letter Days. She was also the orginial female Dragon on Series 1 (2005) and 2 of BBC’s hit entrepreneurial TV show Dragons’ Den.

The very public fall of Red Letter Days into administration in 2005 lead Rachel (then 42) on a journey of healing and discovery of metaphysics. She is now an author, inspirational speaker and business mentor who has helped thousands of people transform their relationship with money.

Rachel has written “Business Nightmares: Hitting rock bottom and coming out on top” and “Prosperity”

In 2013 Rachel co-created the digital publishing and marketing platform SourceTV designed to help Thought Leaders, Transformational Coaches, Metaphysical Teachers and Evolutionaries get their messages of empowerment to a global audience.

In this interview Rachel speaks of how there are no failures, just teachings we can learn from. The positive and negative support she got from people when her business went into administration and where she is today.

So grab a coffee and pull up a chair for this post of  “She Did It!”

Useful links for more on Rachel

Top tips and benefits of Networking! With Fiona Davies from WiRE

Top tips and benefits of Networking! With Fiona Davies from WiRE

Networking is a marketing activity I HIGHLY recommend for many reasons. This chat with Fiona Davies of the UK organisation Women in Rural Enterprise was lots of fun and there’s ooodles of top tips and reasons to network discussed. So grab a cup of tea and press play! If you are new to networking this is a must watch.



“She did it!” – Vickie Beck, Owner of ‘Vickie’s Chat n Chill’ Cafe

“She did it!” – Vickie Beck, Owner of ‘Vickie’s Chat n Chill’ Cafe

The second in our series of interviews with women who have made changes, some life changing after the age of 40.

Released every Monday

Inspiring and entertaining, they did it and so can you!

Today we have Vickie, Vickie followed a dream she had had for over 30 years and finally opened a cafe in her late 50’s. Proving it is never too late to make a new start.

In the interview Vickie talks about how having positive support around you is so crucial and the path she took to open her Cafe and the challenges she faced and overcame. She’s now been open for just over a year and she discusses the challenges ahead.

Apologies for a slight sound issue, please bear with it as the content is fabulous!

You can find Vickie on Facebook here and her website here


7 awesome reasons to go to a network meeting

7 awesome reasons to go to a network meeting

I attended my first network meeting

…in January 2009. My photography business was just 7 months old. I loved it. It was hosted by the Lichfield WiRE group, thank goodness they were my first! Happy to say, I have been attending local network meetings ever since.

Over the years I have ‘kissed a lot of frogs’ to find my ‘princes’ of the network offerings. Not everyone is suited to every style of network meeting or organisation. It’s worth attending as many as possible to which ones suit you best.

So in a world where we are drowning in social media networks, why should you even bother with going to a face-to-face network meeting?

Well dear reader, let me shower you with 7 awesome reasons why you should do it…


1. To make personal connections

With video, live streaming and vlogging you can now get a big element of your personality across to others digitally. But there is no substitution for making a real personal connection with other human beings! Body language, humour and general demeanour of someone is far easier to gauge when you are face-to-face with someone. People will remember you!


2. To thrive on great atmosphere.

There’s nothing like a room full of people buzzing with enthusiasm for their businesses and passions in life, to really give you a boost of excitement. Sometimes when you work in isolation maybe from home or in an office, ‘work’ can feel a little…flat. Whilst you are most likely to love what you do, being able to share your enthusiasm with others amplifies everything. Fabulous!


3. To establish and build relationships.

If you network on a regular basis you soon pick out those that you get to know, like and therefore trust. This is powerful stuff and certainly business leads are a bonus here. It’s far easier to recommend a business if you know, like and trust the person behind it. Getting to know people and what makes them tick can speak volumes about their work ethics and values…far more so than reading their leaflet or brochure. The same, goes for you! So, be yourself and establish authentic relationships.


4. To support and encourage others.

Over the years I’ve made many great friends through physical networking. It’s not all about getting business and giving business. It’s also about supporting fellow entrepreneurs, especially for those working for themselves. Being in business can get overwhelming and sometimes you just need someone to understand what you are going through or for you to understand someone else’s situation. Help each other out.

“Nothing liberates your greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”
Marianne Williamson


5. To support your local business community.

I’m a big fan of supporting local businesses…the good ones of course! They are the very fabric of the community and help shape the personality of the area. When you network, over the years you become a walking trade, craft and service directory for your friends, colleagues and family. I love the whole ‘oooo I bet Sara knows someone who can…’ thing. It’s fun and makes life a little more colourful, don’t you think?

“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”
Keith Ferrazzi


6. To gain confidence in public speaking!

Most network meetings require you to stand up during the meeting and introduce yourself and say what it is you or your business does; often within 60 seconds. It’s a great skill to be able to do this. The more you practice, the better your get. If you’ve never done this before networking is a great place to start with some public speaking. I’ve done many a presentation during a meeting and it does wonders for your personal growth and confidence as well as raising awareness of who you are and what you do. Take the opportunity. You never know where it might lead you.


7. To meet diverse and talented people.

I have met some incredibly talented people during my time networking, locally and nationally. You can meet people from all types of businesses and service offerings. I have bought unique and bespoke items as well as chosen my accountant, insurance and car leasing company through networking! I also go to London from time to time to meet up with other women from various groups I am in that serve a global market – the same principles apply.

Image credit: Alison Chester-Lambert. Sutton Coldfield WiRE leader

Some further useful information:

There are national and local networking meetings everywhere. Google your area and see what take your fancy. I am a big fan of WiRE – Women in Rural Enterprise, here in the UK, as well as some other local networks. I’ve recently hosted my very own for Hiking Boots and Posh Pants.


Get active and get involved in your local area, I am sure you will love it!