In 2002 she took a deep breath and submitted a business plan to NatWest for
£90,000 financing of a new Cadogans in Clifton in Bristol. She got the backing and opened a very well designed shop on two floors, with a basement. She met her profit targets (and proved she was anything but average!) Selling, marketing, personnel manager and bookeeper ... she did it all with style and it is clear her customers liked what they found.
The next few years were tough. Her marriage founded and whilst all went well with the business, with year on year growth on target until 2006, trading conditions began to go down and she sold the business in early 2008, luckily before the 2008 recession kicked in.
She has been lucky to have an amicable divorce without children involved (but an emotional one) and to find Roy Winters (who plays second row for Bristol Rugby) to whom she is now engaged with a wedding scheduled for 2009. He is a giant of a man, protective and generous to a fault. We all wish her happier times.