Laura Bouttell, MD of Quarterdeck, tells BQ about her plans for the coming year and reflects on her highlights of 2017.
What does your business do?
We help leaders get the most out of themselves and their teams by giving them the skills to create a culture of excellence.
How has 2017 been for you?
Very exciting! We have worked with a number of big names and had our best year to date. We’ve also developed a fantastic new way of delivering affordable training that starts next year so we’re looking forward to that too.
What was your greatest success?
Our greatest success has been to secure an ongoing partnership with big companies like Hermes, the Co-op and Beijer Ref.
And your greatest challenge?
As always with a small business working ON the business as well as IN it has been the greatest challenge. We have practised what we preach in order to make sure that we have the time necessary to move forward strategically as well as provide fabulous training and support for all our clients.
What do you think 2018 will hold for you?
2018 will be a breakthrough year for us. We are launching our new Masterclass Series which allows businesses to provide training for everyone at a very low investment. We are also seeing our Ultimate Leadership Programme (which includes health and fitness) going from strength to strength, indeed we already have people booked onto the next one which doesn’t start until June.
How will you spend Christmas and the New Year?
The same way most people do, relaxing with friends and family. We love Christmas and our house is very decorated! Happy Christmas everyone!
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