A SECTION FOR ENTREPRENEURS: Angela Mortimer, Angela Mortimer, PLC


Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


MY BEST ... was to leave teaching and set up my recruitment company 25 years ago. Opting for self-employment was traumatic. My husband encouraged me by promising to write me a pay cheque each month. Fear was soon overcome by excitement. After London, we opened in Birmingham, Manchester, Paris and Brussels. This allowed me to help clients and candidates worldwide and has given employment to 300 staff. My career has kept me within the interesting part of recruitment, dealing with clients and candidates, advising them on crucial decisions in their lives. It is a powerful, demanding and fascinating job with serious responsibilities for successful outcomes.

MY WORST ... We wanted to expand so we opened our first regional office in Bristol. We invested in property, staff and staff training and chose 2 January 1991 as our opening date. That was also the beginning of the first recession that Bristol had experienced in 20 years. It was dreadful. Day after day, week after week, absolutely nothing happened. We could hear seagulls flying overhead, but never heard the telephone ring. We kept the office open for six months, hoping that business would turn round, but then we decided to cut our losses and to rethink our expansion strategy. In business, timing is everything.

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