• NameEmily Falcus
  • TitleManaging Director
  • CompanyBowBaskets
  • HubLeeds
  • Twitter@BowBaskets
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BowBaskets specialise in standout, tailored Luxury Hampers and Corporate gifts of sheer excellence. BowBaskets provides a specialist ‘couture’ service to the corporate gift world, with 70 clients nationwide. Every gift is tailored to complement the culture and ethos of any client and increase opportunities for brand loyalty, repeat and referred business.

What encouraged you to join Entrepreneurial Spark’s people accelerator programme?
I was introduced to Entrepreneurial Spark by Lorna Blackett, from NatWest, who inspired me to take the leap and put myself forward with an application. I had never heard of a programme like this before, so it was both daunting and incredibly exciting all at the same time.

Since joining Entrepreneurial Spark how have you seen your business change?
I have seen not only my business, but also myself as an individual change rather dramatically over the past six months. I have realised the potential of the business and how I grow with that. I am much more organised, and love it! I have mapped-out information, data, figures, and future growth plans with detailed information. The challenges have taken me out of my comfort zone, and forced me to approach new opportunities, which I never believed I could. My confidence has grown as a direct result, and I take my business much more seriously, and am extremely proud to do so.

If you could give budding entrepreneurs three tips what would they be?
Challenge everything about your business. This is the only way you will get to really know it.
Listen and observe everything you can. Only then can you competently make great decisions, and know why.
Learn the integral value of your business, and don’t be afraid to say “no” if the offer in front of you does not sit alongside the ethos and culture of your business. Don’t compromise your value.

Looking to the year ahead what are you hoping to achieve?
I’m hoping to achieve a lot, and why not? I’ve set myself both personal and business goals that are realistic, with a top layer of ultimate challenge. By calculating what I can do with the resources I have, I’ve then been able to identify where I can really be in a years’ time and the resources I need to achieve these goals. Over the course of this year I intend to employ more staff, generate new contracts, and move to new premises – and that’s just the start!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from your mentor?
There have been a number of golden nuggets, but the main piece of advice I’ve found really useful is knowing that it’s okay to say “no”.

If you were to describe Entrepreneurial Spark in three words, what would they be?
Ecstatic, empowering, inspirational.

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