Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and safety but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Louise Hosking, Founder & Director of Hosking Associates Ltd & OneWiSH Coalition, located in St. Albans, UK.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a Health & Safety consultancy working with a wide range of businesses of any size and anyway. We create value by building and strong ethical backbone into organisations and putting their people first.
Tell us about yourself
I worked for a large corporate and realised they had the resources to do anything they wanted in respect of Health, Safety, and Sustainability. However, they often chose not to. I created the business to help organisations focus on social sustainability at a time when it was new. I am always motivated by the transformations I see when we become involved and how they become more efficient, healthier, and safer places to work.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Creating our team where we walk the talk. Most of my staff are flexible workers with families, and we were able to adjust quickly when the pandemic hit, which was a really challenging time for us all.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The buck stops at me, and I have to navigate the difficult stuff on my own when it gets really hard.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Build your visibility and network first.
- Speak to others, so you know what it is really like, as it's much, much harder than you think it will be.
- Don't over-plan. Get out there, get sales, and let it go where it will go.
Where can people find you and your business?
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