Phorest FM Episode 115: Charlotte Bradshaw & Leslie Healy On The Power Of Networking
Networking has long been recognised for its many benefits in the business world. It has the power to help you build awareness of your products or services, learn about people you might never have known otherwise and/or meet potential future employers or employees. Knowing more people is usually an advantage: it’s easier to share information and when your network comes together, the power of influence of said group is redoubtable.
To discuss the power of networking in the hair and beauty industry specifically, this week’s episode features two women with years of experience in the trade: Salonetwork founders Charlotte Bradshaw, who has worked in the industry for the past ten years and Leslie Healy, who hails from a twelve year background in the corporate world.
A qualified Chartered Accountant with over 23 years’ experience managing the finances of numerous companies, Charlotte brought her skillset to the Dylan Bradshaw brand in 2000 and since then, working in tandem with the creative side, has secured a successful position for the Dylan Bradshaw brand in Ireland and international markets.
Charlotte’s financial and business expertise is the driving force behind Dylan’s creative vision. Having steered the commercial growth of the Dylan Bradshaw brand over the past 19 years, Charlotte has overseen the brand’s diversification into retail and developed what has become Ireland’s leading hairdressing education facility, the Dylan Bradshaw Academy.
Charlotte’s continued success has resulted in requests for her consultancy services to salons around the country and she is regularly sought out by business and industry forums to act as a speaker at events.
Coming from a background in the travel industry, Leslie moved into the Reward, Incentive and Loyalty industry, primarily focusing on sales. Her natural aptitude for operations became very apparent and she moved into the operational side of the business. With Leslie’s experience in managing client campaigns she moved into the role of Operations Director and transformed a company who outsourced all of their promotions into a company with a self-reliant in-house operations hub, allowing the business to expand.
Having nearly 20 years’ experience in the service industry, Leslie started her own Creative, Marketing and Loyalty agency in 2013. This business was a huge success and she moved from a start up to a well-established company with a multi-million euro turnover. Leslie’s success has seen a demand for her to work on a consultancy basis setting up in-house operations systems for companies, both here and in the U.K.