Name: Gemma Fithon
Job: Director of Cheshire Clearances & Removals
Born: Whitby, North Yorkshire
Lives: Utkinton, Tarporley
Education: Art and Design and also Business Studies
Family: Husband Nat and sons Harry, six and Alex, two
Running my own successful business means I have to be super organised. First it will be the school run followed by taking my two-year-old to nursery then straight home to the office to answer emails and phone calls.
I have to process all emails and phone calls as soon as they come in to ensure that everything is completed. Days have to run like clockwork with a busy house clearance and removal company and with two very active boys.
Running Cheshire Clearance & Removals involves a very wide range of activities and no day or week is the same. As a small family run business we do everything ourselves and try to make sure that we can help as many people as possible from what we do. We make use of everything that is cleared from houses, for example, I deliver sheets and towels to the dogs shelter in Whitchurch and take duvets, pillows and blankets to a homeless shelter in Wrexham. This takes a lot of organising and ensuring it is all grouped together. I also organise our marketing, invoices, quotes and even go out on the jobs with my husband, Nat. We love our personal touch to clients and feel it goes along way.
My favourite bit is going out to do quotes and meeting new people to discuss their needs whether its a house move or a house clearance. I will then return home to sort through contents from clearances and organise where they are to go to. My phone is always on and will get phone calls from clients needing help, which I love! If we have got a house move booked in then I am out helping with the move, from carrying boxes to furniture and ensuring that the clients every need is met.
Then it’s into the house, supper, bedtime story, check emails and plan for the next day.
In the evening to unwind I love my yoga and try to fit some in to relax after getting the boys to bed and cooking dinner. At the weekend I enjoy meeting my friends for meals, going to Chester Zoo or swimming with Nat and the kids and walking in the countryside.
The children and I love listening to music and being outside in the garden. Now it is summer we are enjoying being able to pick raspberries down the fields and the boys are very interested in planting seeds and watching them grow.
We have sheep, chickens and four dogs so we are also busy looking after the animals - we all love animals in our household!
What do you wear to do your job? Uniform for work - I love clothes and like to look smart.
What is the favourite part of your job? Meeting lots of different people and talking to them. There are a lot of very interesting people who have some amazing stories of what they have done or people they have met. We also love being able to help people as well, what we do is for a lot of people the most stressful thing they can go through and we try to make it as easy as possible.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Doing house clearances and seeing people going through a very difficult time.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? A fashion desiger.
How do you relax when you are not working? If we are not working we love spending time with our two children with trips to the zoo or trying new places to eat. I love to practise yoga to help me relax and switch off.
What is your favourite film? Pearl Harbour - I am bit of a romantic.
What is your favourite book? I don’t really have a favourite book more of a favourite author, Harlen Coben. I love all of his intense thriller books and would find it extremely difficult to put one of his books down.
What is your favourite song? Best Fake Smile by James Bay.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Jennifer Aniston (I am a huge Friends fan)
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? I once did a radio advert when we lived in Holland, my dad worked at the local radio station in his spare time and he nominated me to do it, it took a lot of takes as I couldn’t quite get it right!
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