1:2:1 Jo Fulthorpe nee Evans
I first met Jo at a 7:00am breakfast meeting in Clayton Le Moors. It was a frosty dark February morning but I remember her being warm and enthusiastic. She spoke confidently about her business and mingled freely during the open section of the meeting.
Our paths crossed two or three more times until I joined the ACCROSS circuit. From then our relationship began to grow. We seemed to be rubbing shoulders ‘everywhere’. ‘Oh we must have a one to one, what’s your diary like?’ There then followed a series of Reschedules but close contact maintained through twitter, group forums and other networking events. Finally ‘an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.’
Jo entered the room at full speed conscious that we both wished maximise networking time. It turns out she’d taken the wrong road to Accrington following an earlier appointment. Full of apologies I assured her it was no matter. We grabbed a drink and sat at the back of the room.
After outlining a typical weeks business activity mentoring, advising, assessing, liaising, supporting etc. You begin to wonder where she derives all the energy from.
You can’t help but notice the natural healthy glow of Jo’s complexion. She then shared with me an account of her leisure actives. She trains regularly with a group of runners, currently preparing for the Edinburgh Marathon. Jo is also an ardent Wigan Rugby League fan, the cause of many a family discord. I also suffered a little friendly ‘Jo backlash’ when I tweeted in favour of Warrington wolves.
From my own experience I know and understand what it takes too mentally and physically prepare yourself to complete such an arduous task as a marathon. Jo applies the same philosophy to her professional business life. Meticulous planning and regular ‘training’. As we talked she related real life experiences to points that we made, wrote notes as we went along, asked enquiring questions and displayed a genuine interest in both my work and achievements.
It’s clear that Jo is ambitious and I feel that she measures her success against how much she has helped or contributed towards others in achieving their goals and successes. I feel that Jo is an ideal fit for her current role working with ‘Young Entrepreneurs’.
I’m sure that if Mr Brunt from the Rotary club had not joined us at the table we would have carried on sharing information, opinions and ideas all afternoon.
Jo is immensely proud of the work that she does with the Hyndburn Enterprise Trust and never misses an opportunity to share information with others. Unfazed by a summons from Bernie, Jo stepped away from her seat at our table to addressed the room. Without hesitation or stutter she ‘pitched’ Hyndburn Enterprise Trust – ‘Providing Business Advice & Support for Start Ups and Established Businesses and Start Up Loans for Young People 18-30 in the North West Area’.
I have total respect and admiration for what Jo does and the way in which she does it.
If you know an 18 – 30 year with ambitions to start or grow their business introduce them to Jo for an informal chat, I know I will.
art or grow their business introduce them to Jo for an informal chat, I know I will.