We caught up with Sara Wood, who many of you will know as a marketing consultant but who now runs a beautiful, boutique B&B in Dunning. This is her story of her foray into hospitality:
Possibly surprisingly for a Yorkshire lass my first ambition was for languages and I qualified as a foreign correspondent/translator. Really this was just an excuse to go and work abroad which I did, in Paris, for three years. When I moved back to the UK (with man in tow!) we chose the city of Edinburgh.
There I started a career at Bank of Scotland firstly using my language skills but then also within economics and marketing. I qualified as a banker and won the Young Banker of the Year competition in 1990. My last role at what by then was HBOS was Director of Marketing and Product Development. I really liked the management role and the marketing and product discipline but wanted a change from the financial services sector and I joined Perth College UHI as Director of Communication and Corporate Development.
In 2012 I decided to set up on my own – building a boutique bed and breakfast business from an old manse in Dunning making use of our love of fine wine – but I was waylaid by an opportunity to support Nationwide Building Society in its then intention of moving into the business banking market. That meant commuting each week to Swindon or London or Manchester! When this project was postponed in 2013 the home based B&B was back on the agenda. They say running a B&B is really hard work, but then don’t we all work hard!
I am delighted to support PBN as a Committee member – I’m also a Board member of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.
You can find out more about Glebe House when Sara launches the website – built by fellow PBN member Anna Ford of Atholl Design – next month!