Entrepreneurs Month: Amazing Grace
Inspiring, innovative entrepreneur Grace Graham shares her hard-hitting tale of how she found success. We spoke to her as part of the Coutts Entrepreneurs Month.
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After taking part, I felt like anything was possible. The mentors from the trust guided me in the right direction and encouraged my ideas and independence, helping me realise I had the ability to create success for myself.
My goal is to help companies create working environments that meet the diverse needs of their employees, to help them thrive in business. This makes business sense: a study from the Social Market Foundation found that happy employees are up to 20% more productive than unhappy employees (Happiness and productivity: Understanding the happy-productive worker, Social Market Foundation, October 2015).
building a support network
For an entrepreneur to truly prosper, one needs a support network.
Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have the support of my mother and sister, The Prince’s Trust, my business mentor Chris Letcher and many people on my journey who believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.
My advice to any aspiring entrepreneur is to not give up: surround yourself with a network of people who lift you up and facilitate your self-empowerment, your mind-set of change and your resilience.
From the words of poet and American civil rights activist Maya Angelou: “You will face many defeats in life but never let yourself be defeated.”
That is the entrepreneurial spirit.
My name is Grace and I am an entrepreneur.
Comment from coutts
“Grace’s story is truly inspiring. It shows how talented, hard working people can overcome incredible adversity and achieve great things. In our experience, entrepreneurs come from many different backgrounds and find their path to success in many different ways. No two stories of a start-up are the same.
“Nearly all the entrepreneurs I meet have had to overcome many setbacks, and resilience is always a key to their success. At Coutts we strive to support our entrepreneur clients no matter what path they took to get where they are today, so we can help them get where they want to be tomorrow.
“It’s about providing support and working in partnership – for the long term. We’re proud to stand alongside these extraordinary people.”
Greg Kyle-Langley, Head of Entrepreneurs Proposition, Coutts
WorkSpa founder Grace Graham has the following advice for entrepreneurs:
- define your strengths and weaknesses so you can build on the former and overcome the latter
- figure out what you need to change to become the best version of yourself
- face your fears
Coutts aims to be the best private bank for entrepreneurs in Britain. We are proud to work with over 20,000 of the UK’s most talented and innovative entrepreneurs, working in partnership to help them achieve their goals.