hi, I’m MAGDALENA

NICE TO MEET YOU

here to help you with your
BUSINESS

HOW CAN I HELP?

I know how difficult it can be to set up and manage your own business, especially at the beginning when you are new to everything. But running your own business is very rewarding and the satisfaction you get from a ‘job well done’ makes all the hard work worth it.

So, how do you know that you are in a safe hands?

I have practical experience of both running a business with up to 6 million turnover and setting up my own business. I have more than 12 years experience of operational management working my way through the ranks, eventually to the level of Managing Director.

I was made redundant in 2011 and decided to turn my life long passion for chocolate, baking and creating into a small business called Cocoa & Heart.

My previous experience as a Managing Director helped me to set up my own business, but it was great to have first hand experience in the day to day running of a small business, marketing and budgeting.

I look forward working with you

MAGDALENA

 

THE MORE OFFICIAL BIO

Magdalena is a highly motivated business strategist with a strong work ethic. With more than 16 years of experience in working in strategic business and running her own business, she has the ability to asses a business and advise on the practical side of running small business.

 

Following her redundancy from a post of Managing Director in the social care sector she set up her own company Cocoa & Heart, in 2011. Through Cocoa & Heart Magdalena runs creative workshops and focuses on handmade living, baking and creating chocolate treats.

In 2014 she founded Handmade Kent – niche blog about history and places to visit in Kent, which also supports local handmade businesses and craft people living in Kent.

A year later, in summer 2015, an amazing opportunity came along to take over running an established online handmade marketplace WowThankYou  with over 1000 sellers and 13.5 k listed products. To support a community of sellers a Handmade Business Directory was founded in late 2015 to run alongside WowThankYou.

Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) – Psychology (Birkbeck University, London, UK)

Diploma in Management (level 5) (Chartered Management Institute, UK)

Diploma in Life Coaching – currently studying (Curly Martin, UK)

Other certificates include: Management Auditing, Business Planning, Finances & Budgeting

MORE ABOUT ME

–  I LIKE TO BAKE  –

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I’ve been baking my own bread for the last 18 years and have never run out of fresh bread just yet!

I once saved a child’s life. We were at a summer camp and I saw her drowning in a lake so I jumped straight in. I got her out safely, but I stepped on an infected wasp, my foot got massively swollen and I couldn’t walk for the rest of the summer camp. Call this fairness?

NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE

I couldn’t read and write until I was nearly 8 years old.

my all time FAVOURITE THINGS

PISTACHIO ICECREAM, FLYING A PARAGLIDER, CYCLING 200KM IN ONE DAY, READING BOOK ON A RAINY DAY, GETTING BUSINESS IDEAS AT 2AM, WALKING ON DISMANTLED RAILWAYS, FALLING A SLEEP UNDER A TREE, BEING QUIET…

When I was 14 I learned to touch type and how to do morse code. Both skills came in pretty handy later in life.

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–   I CAN JUMP  –

–   QUITE HIGH  –

I’M REALLY NOT GOOD AT

01. GETTING UP EARLY….full stop
02. SMALL TALK……….Ever
03. HIGH HEELS………Why?
04. SWEARING…..Too polite

I LOVE

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I used to be a guitar song writer and on my 18 birthday I was the first line up in large folk festival. I continued for a few years and then moved to the UK. Guitar travelled with me…

Full steam ahead

I love old cars, steam trains and old technology -my great grandfather owned one of the first cars in Prague in the early 20th century, so it’s probably in the family.

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