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Over the years I have made several contributions to various business committees, working parties, European business forums, writing for trade journals etc; as well as chairing a large User Group which included blue chip organisations such as the BBC, Mercedes Benz, Motorola, BT and Shell UK.

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Adventures of Trisha Proud, Owner & Managing Partner, Partners in Solutions Ltd

  1. 1. Every week we will feature the adventures of one amazing woman. We aim to celebrate the varied and colourful roles women play within industry and business. Experience inspirational, real stories by real women; Interested in being featured? Please send your adventures to info@zarsmedia.com For previous adventures please click here How appropriate that I should be writing this article because my career has indeed been a real “adventure”! I hope the women reading this (and hopefully some men too!) will be inspired to achieve more; as well as being heartened to hear that hard work does pay off……here’s my story…… After I qualified with a Business Degree from the University of Surrey I initial utilized my skills within the facilities management, contract catering and purchasing areas; starting out working as a middle manager and then aspiring to director level within both large corporate organisations and also proprietor owned businesses. My unique selling point is that I have been both a service provider (contractor) and also a client, a role I am told that many managers in contracted service organisations secretly wish to aspire to! I was amazed to be offered a senior role at the Automobile Association (AA) - as a client; at a time when their recruitment policy was to recruit primarily ex colonels and majors from the armed forces. At the time I was a single mother raising two young daughters so I had a lot of professional and personal pressures to cope with whilst shaping my career. It was during this period that I first became acutely aware of the difficulties women can suffer working within a male orientated workplace. That said, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the twelve years that I worked for the AA enormously; they taught me a lot about ‘strategy’ and ‘team-working’. Part of my role was helping to organise and participate in the Annual Employees Conference and also editing their internal staff magazine. After the AA I spent eighteen months working for a procurement company interfacing with schools and universities including all the Oxford and Cambridge colleges, before returning to working for a large American catering contractor, Aramark, where I was their Training & Foodservice Director. Whilst challenging, this was an extremely rewarding time which brought me two “Catey Award” nominations, for “Best Marketing Campaign” and “Trainer of the Year”. Cateys are regarded the ‘Oscars’ of the catering and hospitality industry so an honour indeed! Whilst at Aramark I also earned the accolade of being the only non-American to win the company’s prestigious “Mission One Award” relating to the contract management and business retention of their prestigious BP account. My work on this project culminated in me being part of the winning team for the “PFM Partnership award”. Over the years I have made several contributions to various business committees, working parties, European business forums, writing for trade journals etc; as well as chairing a large User Group which included blue chip organisations such as the BBC, Mercedes Benz, Motorola, BT and Shell UK. Adventures of Trisha Proud Managing Partner Partners in Solutions Ltd Catey AwardCatey Award
  2. 2. After a substantial career working ‘corporately’ seven years ago I decided to set-up my own Training and Business Consultancy firm, Partners in Solutions Ltd. What a joy it has been delivering training, working and consulting on all types of business issues from strategy or tendering to management development, inspirational leadership and team building with small businesses, start-ups as well as savvy organisations and cool brands such as Virgin Media, BP, Defra and Jamie Oliver’s 15 Foundation, to name but a few. During the seven years that I have been running my own business I have been nominated for several awards by clients and other people that I have worked with, which I find extremely humbling and recently became a finalist in the “Shine Small Business Award”. In addition I was nominated and accepted the invitation to join the elite group of women within the “Women 1st Top 100 Club” for my contribution to catering, hospitality, travel and tourism; alongside such high profile women as Angela Hartness and Prue Leith. Since running my own business I have become more active as a “mentor” where I coach and mentor a whole range of people from senior and middle managers of large organisations and start-up companies, which I fund hugely rewarding. I believe that everybody should have a mentor! So much so that more recently I have just agreed to become a mentor for the winner of the Best Woman Sales Manager Award at the Women in Sales Awards (WiS); a role I am really looking forward to and feel uniquely able to fulfil especially as I am trained to deliver strategic selling and have my own copyrighted strategic sales programme called “Sigma Selling”. I often give free mentoring sessions and provide business tips on my business twitter; feel free to join me there! I regularly contribute to various on-line groups, such as Adventures of a Working Women, and also write my own blogs as well as blogs for other people that I work or interface with. In addition I have also written my first chick-lit novel “Soulmate” which is about love, lust and psychology! The novel gets into the mind of the main character, Tillie Anton, as she details the highs and lows of life, when trying to find her "Soulmate" and all that this has taught her; Lessons on false flattery, betrayal, injustice, deceit and the hardest lesson of all, the lesson of love; Was Pluto right do we only ever have one “Soulmate”? I would love you to check “Soulmate” out on Amazon and feel free to read my “Soulmate” blogs and also join my Soulmate on twitter. Live hasn’t always been easy, juggling bringing up the family as the main breadwinner, building a career and maintaining friendships along the way, but it has been worth it. So what, looking back at my career has life taught me….well I guess the answer to that would be threefold:  Never let life’s “takers” deter you from life’s “givers” as there is always something new to learn each day and there are some fabulous people out there to learn from…..  Always step-up to the challenge as you will be amazed at what you can achieve  And finally…….never say “can’t”….. because in my world there is no such word - if I can do it …so can you! Trisha Proud Owner & Managing Partner Partners in Solutions Ltd FinalistofShineSmall Business AwardFinalistofShineSmall Business Award

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