TBE profile’s Zest Concierge: Business Against Poverty’s Member of the Month

By Anita Jaynes on 7 May, 2015

As official media partner’s of Business against Poverty each month we will be profiling their ‘Member of the Month’.

In this first post we highlight Wiltshire based Zest Concierge and find out more about their business and why they are supporting Business against Poverty.

Zest Concierge is a Trowbridge based business, established by Wendy Manister in 2006. The business offers affordable, professional and effective services to individuals and businesses who want to achieve more with their time. They specialise in events management, project management, data collection and data management, research and analysis, virtual PA support and concierge services.

In this interview we got to find out a bit more about Zest Concierge and Wendy.

Wendy hits the big 50 this year and to celebrate, she set herself 50 challenges  some easy and some not so easy; like running the London Marathon for the first time and trekking a 100k in the Sahara desert- all in the name of charity.  Supporting not only Business against Poverty & People against Poverty, Wendy has raised funds for four other charities which are very close to her heart.

What drives you to do what you do for charities?

I am in awe of volunteers who really devote a large majority of their lives in helping others, people who risk their lives to help out in disasters (Nepal, Ebola). I don’t have the experience, ability or even time to do anything of magnitude, so raising money by trekking up a mountain, or walking the desert, jumping out of a plane or running a few miles is just my small contribution.  I just wished I was in a position to give more.

What has been your favourite challenge of all the (nearly) 50 you have done? 

All the challenges have been incredibly tough some more so than others, and definitely not a bucket list, more of a torture list.  Whether physical or mental, all of them have taken a hell of a lot of will power. Out of all the challenges I have done and about to complete there is only one that I have actually enjoyed, even though incredibly tough, that was being there for my Giant Schnauzer and her 12 puppies, from conception to delivery and the four months thereafter raising them all to be fine pedigree Giant Schnauzers. It was one of the toughest, with sleep deprivation, ensuring the first few days / weeks that they all managed to get their mothers milk and not get squashed in the process.

As you reach 50 years of age, what do you see the future looking like?

All these crazy challenges started because I was just heading into my 50th year and wanted to make sure that I was healthy and could enjoy entering into the next decade, so had a BUPA health check, which I was all good apart from having lungs of a 76 year old, so hence all the challenges came about, giving up smoking was my first challenge which was hard after 38 years of being a smoker. I now feel the fittest I have ever been and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think after being a smoker for so many years that I would ever run the London Marathon, but I did! So looking forward to leaping into my 50’s and ready for whatever life is going to throw at me. However, I do hope it will be a little calmer than the last 18 months.

What ethics are the most important to you in your pleasure and business life?

Hard to separate them, but would say Open, Honest and Truthful with family and friends. Trustworthy, flexible, passionate with integrity with my business Zest Concierge