AM to PM with Danielle Holmes, Black Nova Designs

By Ben Carey on 17 November, 2022

AM to PM gives you a glimpse at the daily routine of some of our business community’s top professionals.

Danielle Holmes is Managing Director of Wiltshire-based IT solutions company Black Nova Designs.

The company provides a range of solutions for businesses including e-commerce platforms, web design and hosting, and business IT support.

From juggling family life to saving someone’s marriage(!), Danielle shares an insight into her busy schedule at Black Nova.

What time does your alarm go off? 

I have young children, so I have not had an alarm clock for years! My usual body clock is awake around 7am.

What’s the most important part of your morning routine?

Getting the kids to school on time. As a typical mum in business this is usually the most crucial part of my working day.

What do you do during your lunch break?

I generally work ‘school hours’ and so I have a much shorter working day than most typical business owners. Therefore, I have a ‘working lunch’ at my desk.

What do you love most about your job? 

Meeting clients and knowing that in a jargon-filled, tech world we are able to provide simple solutions to everyday frustrations. After working with a client, we were once even told we saved someone’s marriage!

I also enjoy providing SME’S with websites that provide a solution to a single problem, whether they are ecommerce or information-based websites with custom forms.

What’s the worst part of the job?

Zoom calls. I honestly hate them! Nothing beats meeting someone in person.

What gadget or app could you not live without?

That’s difficult. I think overall I could not live without my phone with its many apps. 

What do you do after work? 

School picks up followed by after school activities. My kids are lucky to have after school clubs most days, which makes me taxi most afternoons.

If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?

Running or volunteering at a dog rescue shelter.