Bowes-Lyon Partnership is celebrating ten years in business today (1st December 2019) and, I’m thrilled to be reaching this milestone anniversary.
It’s very easy to get so caught up in business that you forget to reflect upon how far you have come and there has been many changes in the industry, and the agency, throughout the last decade.
Ten years ago I started the business at a kitchen table, after leaving another dating agency and deciding to set up my own business. The goal was to provide the best customer service for my clients and the business plan was simple…..last one year in business! At the end of that year the business plan extended to ‘last two years’ and once I’d reached the 5-year anniversary I dared to stretch this to ‘last ten years’. And here we are….
In the last decade, I’ve based the headquarters in beautiful St James’s Square in London and opened a second office in Godalming, Surrey 5 years ago, although you’ll still find me working late into the evening from my kitchen table a couple of times a week! My team has grown to four fabulous members and we have all developed some wonderful friendships with members over the years.
What hasn’t changed in the last ten years is the business ethos – to provide great customer service and always be the best, not the biggest, in the industry.
I won’t pretend it is all smooth sailing running a business. Some days are long and stressful and I think I’ve aged 20 years in these 10 years! Mistakes have been made, but I have always treated these as lessons learnt and have grown, developed and made better choices because of them. What I’m most proud of are the amount of lives we have been lucky enough to change over the last decade. From long-term relationships to marriages and even families, it really is one of the most rewarding jobs you can ever have.
Thank you to our members and to everyone who has been part of Bowes-Lyon Partnership’s success, both personally and professionally. I truly appreciate all of your support and here’s to another successful ten years of matchmaking!