Episode 2: Valerie Creusailor

From corporate to start-up

Can you really leave a corporate career to build a successful business from a passion project?

Accountant Valerie Creusailor loved hosting barbecues for family and friends. They would compliment her and her husband on the sauces they made, which were inspired by their African heritage. Their guests suggested they should sell them - and there the idea of Goch & Co was born.

In this episode, Gemma chats with Valerie about finding the confidence to invest in the new business, managing cashflow, and lessons that can be carried over from a corporate career - and even personal life - to a family business. 

Episode Topics

01:07: Background to Goch & Co, inspired by African heritage.

03:06: Cooking for family & friends & being inspired to go into business.

04:51: Scaling up from cooking at home to moving into commercial premises.

06:47: Having the confidence to invest in the business.

09:15: Tips for managing cashflow.

11:26: The value of networking and collaborating.

14:28: Growing your team and building a good culture.

17:26: Bringing skills from a previous career or personal life into a business.

19:19: Future plans.

20:07: Making a passion project a full-time business.

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