This week we spoke to Liz from 365 Concrete Ltd, enterprising business professional and handy with bricklaying trowel.
Hi Liz, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am Head of Commercial for Premier MBP Ltd whom are the UK leaders in volumetric concrete mixers, and 365 Concrete Ltd who supply domestic & commercial concrete and pump hire services in Surrey, Middlesex, and London.
I love music, dance, and cake. I have a fantastic 6-year-old daughter that makes me beam with pride every day (and who has recently enrolled as my PT). I am the sort of person that will try my hand at anything, eager to learn, willing and determined… have been known to lay bricks.
Before you got into the trades, was there anything else you wanted to do?
I started out as an Apprentice and qualified as a Hairdresser in 2004.
How did you move from hairdressing into the trades?
I decided I wanted to do something other than hairdressing, but I didn’t know what, so I started Temping to find out what I enjoyed. After gaining experience in debt collection, double glazing, and immigration I was taken on in a Customer Service role with Cemex in 2007, quickly progressing to Key Accounts then Shipping Central London ready-mix concrete plants.
In 2009 I joined London Concrete’s sales team where I got to be part of prestigious projects such as the Olympic Project, Crossrail and The Shard as well as completing my ISMM and studying Concrete Technology at University of Derby in 2011.
I moved to Hope Cement in 2013 and built up Bulk Cement Sales in the South of the UK, after which we became Breedon Group and I drove the success of the Packed Products range.
I utilise all this knowledge and experience in my current role with volumetric concrete and trucks.
What does your day to day life look like now?
I often go from creating content and updating social media and websites, to organising trade shows and events, refining and implementing internal processes and procedures, visiting construction sites, talking about trucks, helping new concrete businesses develop, and anything else I can put my skill set towards to help the business operate more efficiently and effectively.
If you had to do someone else’s job for 24 hours, whose would you pick?
An International Billionaire Real Estate Investor – I previously fancied being an Estate Agent until I found Construction, if I had chosen that path that could have been where I am today.
Do you have a mentor figure who’s inspired you?
My first proper boss, from the Hair Salon, a warm, nurturing, happy Italian man – Antonio (Tony)… he taught me strong work ethic and business morals. Very sadly we lost him last year after a long battle with cancer, but I will be forever grateful for everything he did for me.
I am fortunate to have worked for several companies that have supported my desire to learn and had opportunities to develop my career. My father, Lord Michael, is of course a hugely positive influence in my life.
Do you have any advice for women who are just starting out in your industry?
Be ready to listen and learn but be confident to share your ideas too. Remember that Construction is all about teamwork, embrace culture and diversity and enjoy what you do. This is an industry that will always bring the right people opportunities, and you will get to be part of something amazing.
Would you ever be interested in becoming a mentor yourself?
During my role as Commercial Manager at Breedon Cement, over 18 months I mentored my colleague Allun – whom I am very proud of, he has progressed his career in Sales and Account Management and is an asset to his customers.
And last but not least, a desert island round: Three tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island?
- Joker and the Thief, Wolfmother
- You’ve Got the Dirtee Love, Florence & The Machine + Dizzee Rascal
- Pyro, Kings of Leon
- One moment, One morning by Sarah Rayner
- My luxury item would be my beautiful, sweet little girl, Dahlia… I could not be without her.
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