This is a special message from Sue Donovan, owner and Managing Director of WalkingWomen.
Sadly we lost our office manager, Clare Kelly last month. Clare was our office manager for 6 years and has now decided to concentrate on her navigation business. Thank you Clare for all your hard work and good luck for the future.
That means we’re down to 2 staff now, with Fiona working Thursdays and Fridays. I cover the office for the first three days of the week as well as doing my other duties as MD. So, please bear with us if we take a little longer to get back to you.
Some of you are aware that I’ve had a few health issues. I’m certainly not able to work full time forever, and, having run WalkingWomen for almost ten years, I now feel that I need to retire or take a back seat.
Please note, that whatever happens, I am committed to running WW for the rest of this year, so if you have bookings with us in 2019, they are safe.
So, here are the options, going forward:-
1. I find an office manager to run WW
This option would allow me to take more of a back seat in the day to day running of WW, whilst continuing to provide ownership, direction, etc The person doing this role would need to be able to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced, customer facing role. They would need to have outstanding organisation skills, as well as being able to work well with people.
2. I sell the WalkingWomen business.
If I do that, I would obviously rather sell to a customer or guide (or group/co-operative) than a holiday company. I feel it is important for someone with a passion for WW to own and run it.
3. I wind WW down at the end of 2019.
This is the last resort option, however realistically I am unlikely to be able to work full time after the end of the year.
My preferred option is number 1, to recruit an office manager. We are currently looking to change our booking system, which would mean that, after an initial period of training in Leeds and/or Sheffield, this person would be able to be based anywhere.
What I would like you to do is to get in touch if you may be interested either in buying WW or becoming our Office Manager. Please only get in touch if you are seriously interested in either of these two options.
Please help me to keep WW going.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support.
All the best
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