Being nominated and becoming a semi-finalist in one category of the Isle of Wight Venus Awards is an honour in itself,
but Claire Rees (Warne) of Rhythm Time Isle of Wight is a semi-finalist in three categories:
‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ – Sponsored by IFPL
‘Home Business of the Year’ – Sponsored by the Beacon
‘Business Mother of the Year’ – Sponsored by Wightlink (for which the finalist is voted for by the public this week).
Shortly after becoming a single parent with two young children in 2009 and setting up a new home, she took on the Rhythm Time franchise. Claire not only took it on because of her love of music but “for the challenge!” Claire, who has run Rhythm Time music classes for just over seven years, has met some big challenges during that time but keeps going despite it all.
In her one minute video, which all short listed candidates had to make, she states “I’ve made it through tough financial times, seen the loss of a big contract, had a total left hip replacement, recent knee surgery as well as kissing a few too many bad frogs!”
However during this time the business allowed Claire to focus and work around her two children Jenna now 14 and Ellie 11. Thanks to the support of her family, friends and staff has made it through the last few years and rebuilt her business. She now delivers her music classes through new contracts and to over 300 babies, toddlers, preschool, nursery, toddler group and reception class children across the Island during the week.
Although she knows she has a few hurdles yet to jump, she remains focused on her own children plus her new partner's two children and maintains teaching them one of the most important and valuable things in life which is NEVER to give up!
If you want to vote for Claire in the Business Mother Award Category please do so via www.venusawards.co.uk/isle-of-wight between 10am on the 20th January 2016 and 11.59pm 26th January 2016) Other categories you can vote for are ‘Influential Women of the Year Award’ and ‘Customer Service of the Year Award’.
Claire would like to congratulate ALL semi finalists on getting this far and she looks forward to meeting more of them at the Finalist announcements on the 29th January 2016 at Ventnor Winter Gardens, Isle of Wight.
For details of Claire's classes, visit www.rhythmtime.net/pr or call her on 07950 501763.
Posted: 20th Jan 2016