#53 - Jane Ashford - Founder & Director of PRO Partner Group (UAE, Qatar & Oman) 'Life 10% What Happens to Us & 90% How We React To It'
The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Nicholla sat down an had a conversation with Jane Ashford, the Founder & Director of PRO Partners Group. An expert in company formation, Jane has gained extensive experience in her field over the past decade. Jane has built solid relationships with trusted partners, global organisations and other professionals within the legal profession. To date Jane has assisted in the formation of over 200 Limited Liability Companies, Representative and Branch Offices in the region. Jane has been recognised for her remarkable skills building relationships and providing excellent client services. Jane is focussed on bringing more businesses to the UAE as well as assisting PRO-Partnership clients to establish a presence in Oman and Qatar
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She founded her business back in 2005. She had been working as the General Manager for a similar entity and recognising her own career achievements through this position and her previous ones. She knew she could go out on her own but under her own vision.
She's a people person at the heart of what she does. Her 10 year career as cabin crew gave her a skill set that was people focused, problem solving on the go and the ability to multi task and get jobs done to the satisfaction of her clients.
Originally from the UK, Jane resided in Qatar for almost 10 years with her family, she has recently moved to the UAE full-time to oversee the offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She was been an active and respected member of the Qatar community for many years participating in committees groups such as QBBF and the Back2Business and working closely with the British Chamber of Commerce in Qatar. Jane was instrumental in recently establishing PRO-Partnership as the official local partner of the British Chamber in Qatar.
Jane is looking forward to building on her excellent reputation and the reputation of PRO-Partnership in the UAE by bringing integrity, transparency and security to ensure foreign companies have the confidence to expand into the region.
She shares her entrepreneurial journey over the last decade and what the learning curve that she has ridden by telling us about her ups and downs, her milestones and what she believes are the corner stones of a successful entrepreneur.
The questions below are the questions I asked her.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself How your particular journey into entrepreneurship and how your particular journey came about?
2. Tell us a little bit about your business?
3. What are the BIG pain factors that new companies express and how do you solve them?
4. How do people FIND you?
5. Do you get a lot of Women coming here to set up businesses?
6. What kind of businesses do see coming to the UAE to set up?
7. Do you remember your first sale?
8. How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
9. What is your vision for your business?
10. How was the transition from Career girl to entrepreneur was for you?
11. Can you give us an insight into day to day business activities? How do you organise your day and how do you prioritize? What systems do you have in place?
12. How Did you get your credibility quickly?
13. How important has collaboration and partnerships been with the success of your work? Do you think you can had the same success without them?
14. What was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
15. Is social media a large part of your business and what tools are working for you right now?
16. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful Entrepreneur?
17. What is the best piece of business advise you have ever been given? And how is that working for you right now?
18. How (if ever) did you rise above failure or struggle? What action did you take?
19. Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? How do you think your business would have evolved?
20. How do you think being an entrepreneur has affected your family life and your relationships with your friends?
21. Who is your ‘go to person, book or quote’ that gets you pumped and helps you refocus when you are feeling de-motivated or low?
22. What books or resources would you encourage other women to explore to help them learn more about entrepreneurship and strategy?
23. If you could time travel back to your younger self, say 18 years old and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you've acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heart ache, what would you tell yourself?
24. Closing question: What advise would you give to those ladies out there that are on the edge of taking the plunge into being an entrepreneur?
The Ted Talk that Jane spoke about in the podcast.
Connect with Jane
Their recent blog subjects or the recent comments on Schools in the National http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-a-leader-in-english-education
link to our blog page: http://www.propartnergroup.com/pro-partner-group-blog/
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