My background is in the travel industry. I spent 20 years working in various tour operators, travelling the world and having a great time! However it didn’t work terribly well with a young family and so I cast around for another career. Quite by chance the Mid Sussex Family Grapevine was recommended to me as a great place to advertise to families. At that point I realised that there were many other Family Grapevines and it was possible to buy a franchise. The rest they say is history. I published the Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes edition for 9 years and Brighton & Hove for 5 years. Every issue has made a profit and revenues have increased by about 300% since I started. I work flat out for about 7 weeks for each edition and then my time is more flexible. The other editors provide a network of support and many have now become friends. I have recently sold the Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes edition.
Areas – Brighton & Hove
What are you most proud of achieving as a part of the Family Grapevine group?
Learning to do something completely different – largely by my own efforts but with the support of HO and other editors.
What are your hobbies?
Riding, reading, travelling
What is one thing about you that not many people know?
Phobia of birds – watched too many Hitchcock films as a child