We Wish you a Merry Christmas
And a magical new year ...
Posted on: 25/12/2014 By: Jacqui Frost
This is not the Queens speech, but it is a Genie Christmas message. We're at the end of another working year and have closed the doors with only a few working days left in 2014 before we reopen them in 2015 ...
we wish you a merry christmas and a magical new year
I'll keep it short and sweet as we begin winding down. But as I look back on 2014, I do think that it's been a great year. Like any other year, it had its ups and downs, but I think we are finishing it on a high. In surviving yet another year as a business, we have done well. I hope that you are also going strong.
This year has included:-
Signing up a few new large clients,
Increasing our turnover by 30% May to October compared with last year,
Going on my first Yacht and driving an automatic car for the first time when my colleague was taken poorly,
Calling 999 for the first time ever; for one of the Genies,
Promises of a kitten to add to our menagerie by hubby (to keep me sweet for signing up for something without discussing it with me first!).
With the family mayhem of the coming days, I will forget about my business for a while and focus on things like the last minute Christmas shopping. Then I shall spend several days catching up with family and friends, giving them time that I struggle (like most small business owners) to find throughout the year.
Christmas is a very special time and I hope Santa not only brings you all the presents that you asked for, but that you will also get time with the people that you love the most. Make the most of this magical time of year, especially if you have small children who still believe!!
So I'll wish you a relaxing and joyful Christmas with your family and hope that the New Year will bring you all that you dream and plan for.
I know that I am looking forward to having a little break.
Until next time ...
THE OFFICE GENIE
I had a successful 20-year career as an office manager and personal assistant; however, my job was no longer focused on the customers and became all about the numbers. My customer-focused background began when I was 12 in my father's independent carpet showroom. I had a spell with Marks & Spencer before I moved into office-based jobs. I have worked as a training administrator, a PA and PA/office manager in a variety of industries from manufacturing to the IT education sector.
Meanwhile, my husband Ian, a successful Northampton based Master Decorator and owner of Rainbow Frost, was losing out on work due to missed phone calls. When he was busy, callers were getting his voicemail but weren't leaving messages. I knew how to fix that problem!
I quit my job and took on Ian as the first client of The Office Genie in November 2005. Word quickly spread with the second client coming on board just one week later. The majority of our clients since have come to us through word of mouth recommendations and networking referrals. Over the years, I have become well connected in Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, roller skating, the theatre and my cats and dogs!