Women Who Create / Hana Glover
This week I welcome Hana Glover aka The Retail Coach and F:entrepreneur top 100 finalist 2019. What this woman doesn’t know about running a bricks and mortar creative business isn’t worth knowing… Hanna is super passionate about retail, supporting indie businesses and harnessing our unique skills to thrive! Hear all about what has inspired this creative entrepreneur through her past 20 years in business and continues to propel her forward today!
1, Tell us a little about your background...
Hi I'm Hana and I’m a shopkeeper, business mentor and maker. Back when I was 18 I started The Bead Shop (Nottm) Ltd, a bead and craft shop based in Nottingham city centre which has been running for 19 years now. We retail and wholesale beads, offer jewellery, beading, silver smithing and crafting workshops. We also offer a bespoke service to help customers fix, customize and create jewellery.
In 2017 I created my second company by converting the underused upper floors of my existing premises into two serviced apartments. These are aimed at executives looking for short to medium stays in a homely environment.
I’ve most recently branched out into mentoring and teaching business start-up workshops aimed at makers and retailers. I’m really enjoying sharing my experiences and knowledge, it’s exactly what I wish I’d had when I first started out!
2, Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?
I start every morning with checking my journal and cuddling one of my cats whilst drinking a coffee and try to finish every day by writing down everything I’m grateful for that day. I take in as much greenery as I can, whether it’s taking a daily detour through the Arboretum on my walk to work or going away for a few nights in Duncan my campervan.
I’ve recently started working with an excellent business mentor who helps keep me focused & positive.
3, What three things can't you live without?
Hot drinks – I love a coffee or earl grey and do all my best work with one in my hand!
Music – listening to music I love brings out my creativity and determination.
My best friends – through all my business start ups my friends have been there to help move, build & paint. I’m not sure I’d have succeeded without them.
4, What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Having the time to play with techniques and materials and spending time with plants!
5, What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
That’s a tricky one! Although I think everything I do is creative; many would argue that retail, accommodation & mentoring aren’t. I disagree as they all involve creating new things and ignoring traditional rules & ideas.
6, If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
There’s so many inspiring business women I’ve met in the last 12 months I’d love to collaborate with all of them!
7, Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
A journal! I don’t find I have time to make a bullet journal but use a similar pre-printed one.
8, What is the best thing about running your business?
Being able to structure my day how suits me best and getting to pick my daughter up from school almost every day
9, And what is or has been the most challenging?
So much of my business career has felt ridiculously challenging at the time but with hindsight doesn’t seem that bad! When I was 18 I’d have said it was getting a bank to give me a business loan, in 2001 & 2005 I’d have said finding shop premises and in 2017 I’d have said it was persuading my bank to lend me £75,000 to start a new business. Currently I’m finding not panicking about Brexit the biggest challenge!
10, What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
Realizing that I’ve inspired others to start their own creative businesses.
11, What does your support system look like?
I’m really fortunate that I have a large and varied support network. I have an amazing husband that although he works full time does the majority of the cooking and cleaning as well as helping out occasionally with the businesses. My friends are also brilliant with practical and emotional support.
12, What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business/creative journey?
Find a good networking event to attend. It took me a long time to realize the value in networking, I always assumed it was a intimidating clinical way to get new business. What I found was numerous women helping and supporting and inspiring each other.
13, Where is the best place online/in person to find you?