3 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
Laura Jane Jackson is the ‘Kernel- In Chief & Sales and Marketing Director’ for Popcorn Shed. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie with food being a central part of her life and family traditions for as long as she can remember. Her passion for sharing her food creations began at the age of 9, selling homemade slush puppies to neighbours during a hot summer. Laura sold fudge at food exhibitions during her time at university, and her first job as a graduate “in the real world” was walking the streets of London and ‘cold calling’ face-to-face in restaurants and cafes selling iced coffee (during what turned out to be one of the wettest summers on record!).
Laura worked as a management consultant for a large worldwide consultancy firm for over 6 years, consulting for a number of FTSE 100 companies. Her entrepreneurial endeavours have included club nights, singles dinner parties and weekends away for young professionals and a pop-up bakery. Laura was nominated for Brummell’s ‘Ones to Watch.
For the last 5 years Laura has been popping up a storm building gourmet popcorn empire Popcorn Shed. Creating wild and delicious flavours that you can only dream of! gourmet Stocked in Leading retailers like John Lewis, Ocado and Harrods.
What would you love to say to other women to encourage them to start their own business?
Believe in yourself. You will never know unless you try.
What are your top tips for entrepreneurial success?
- Check your margins.
- Be prepared to put in the hours.
- Don’t be afraid to ‘failure’ or making mistakes, just learn from it.
- It takes time. Be patient.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Be kind to yourself.
Who are the 5 women who inspire you the most?
- Sara Blakey the founder of Spanx
- Marcia Kilgore (founder of Beauty Pie, Soap & Glory, FitFlop and Bliss)
- JK Rowling
- And last but by no means last my mother Helen always patience and kind.
What are your favourite sayings/inspirational quotes?
‘Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you’.
‘Confidence isn’t thinking you’re better than everyone else but it’s realising you have no reason to compare yourself to anyone else.’
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