Self Belief Sponsor

Meet Kerry Herbert, our Self Belief sponsor, and find out why she chose to support the Mpower awards and her amazing business...

Meet Kerry Herbert, founder of Centrepiece Cakes by Kerry

Why did you choose to sponsor the Mpower National Business Awards?

I think it's a great idea. An event that recognises and celebrates mums at all stages of their business journey. I feel that one of the most powerful elements of the book 'The Invisible Revolution' are the case studies of different business mums. I found it extremely motivating and inspiring reading about them. An event dedicated to the celebration of these women is sure to have the same affect on other aspiring business women.

Why did you choose the Self-Belief category?

I felt that this category resonated with my personal and business story detailed in my business journey below.

What do see as being the biggest challenges facing mums in business?

Dealing with guilt and self doubt. As mums we tend to feel that our businesses are taking our time from our children, family, friends. When we spend time on something other than our businesses, we feel guilty for not doing more in our businesses. This is something that I thought would get easier once I committed to my business full time, but it's something I still struggle with and probably always will.

 

Tell us a bit about your own business journey?

I formed my business in 2012 whilst on maternity leave. After returning to work,  I began to feel unsettled and to dream of one day making cakes full time. I started to work towards my ultimate goal - a full time cake decorating business. My husband and I invested our savings in a purpose built space for the business. I began to exhibit at wedding fairs, advertise in online directories and enter competitions to improve my skills. The demands of my job and raising a young family meant I wasn't able to dedicate as much time to growing the business as quickly as I would have liked. In 2017, I resigned from my job to commit to  my business as a full time venture. The first year was definitely a learning curve, working out my capacity for fulfilling orders, getting used to new routines and learning to say no to things I really didn't want to do. I'm now planning to deliver cake decorating workshops and to develop digital products to maximise my time.

What is your number one piece of advice to mums in the early stage of business?

Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

How does your company help mums in business?

I think as business mums we spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to others and determining our own success based on perceived successes of others. Whilst my company doesn't directly help mums in business, I am always happy to chat with other women business owners, share tips and advice and provide support when and where I can. I have a great network of business mums that have done the same for me and it really does help when you are able to speak with someone who understands the challenges that come with being a mum and a business owner.

What are you most looking forward to at the finals Gala on June 23rd?  

The Gala provides a great opportunity for mums who are working hard to make their businesses a success. It sounds like a great event to meet, network and have fun at the same time. I'm sure it will motivate and inspire everyone who attends.

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