A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.
Every Tuesday we delve into the day-to-day diary of a member of the local business community. This week we put the spotlight on Julianne Ponan, one of the keynote speakers at this year’s South West Expo taking place at STEAM, Swindon on June 30.
Julianne is CEO of superfoods brand Creative Nature. The firm sells food products into high-end retailers such as Ocado and supermarket giant Tesco.
Julianne, aged 22 is the youngest winner of the national Natwest Everywoman Artemis Award for Women Entrepreneurs. This coveted award is judged by some of Britain’s best known business owners including Cath Kidston MBE, Chrissie Rucke MBE (The White Company) and many more.
She has recently become a mentor for Virgin Startup and enjoys helping young entrepreneurs achieve their goals. She uses her own experiences in business and hopes to inspire women to have the drive and the determination to develop their businesses to the next level.
What time does your alarm go off?
I have a few alarms set, usually 6 -7 am so I manage to get a Zumba class in.
What’s the first thing you do?
I try to do Zumba as this gets me in the right mind-set for the day with a can-do attitude. I do have a bad habit though of answering emails, social media as soon as I get up.
What do you do for lunch?
Usually it’s when one of my colleagues say “hey you haven’t had lunch” and I’ll pop out and grab anything I’m not allergic to! Although, I always have my Creative Nature Goji Goodness bar handy to give me that extra boost of nutrition and energy.
What do you love most about your job?
I love creating new and exciting products that cater for people who suffer from allergies like me alongside the team. I also love finding new ways to improving the team’s productivity.
What’s the worst part of the job?
There are a lot of food labelling laws that change and making sure we are compliant is sometimes a headache.
What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?
My phone or laptop, it means I can work from anywhere on the go!
What do you do after work?
Luckily I have an amazing partner who cooks, so dinner is the first thing. I like to go to networking events, but I do love a good series like Game of Thrones.
If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?
I used to be in banking, I’m not sure whether I would go back to that as would need a refresher, but something in consulting/helping other young entrepreneurs.
To book your free space to see Julianne speak at the South West Expo on June 30 click here.