Juliet uses her business success to give back
A businesswoman who has overcome tough times to create a successful guesthouse is giving back to the charities which helped her.
Juliet Fisher, has run the Highwaymans in Risby since 2007, the guesthouse has transformed from having a -£7,000 turnover to a £150,000 turnover.
Juliet, 39, has overcome major challenges in her life and has been supported by local charities and businesses along the way.
Commenting on how she has managed to create such a successful business, she said: “Just by hard work, growing connections in Bury St Edmunds, networking and a growing team of staff.”
The Highwaymans is a self catered guesthouse located in the countryside near Bury St Edmunds.
As well as a guesthouse Juliet runs an events business with a gallery at the Highwaymans that she often holds various charity and community events at, including showcasing the trailblazer, bike sculpture for the World War One trail which supports charity, My WiSH. She also hosts pigeon clay shoots.
Juliet raises five children all under the age of 15, whilst juggling living and working in the guesthouse.
She has overcome domestic abuse, divorce and the loss of her brother to suicide.
She said: “In 2014 I was faced with huge personal challenges, including separating from my husband, leaving me to run the business whilst single-handedly raising our five young children - then aged from three to ten.”
She went on to say: “I have received a great deal of help from those around me, including incredible support organisations, friends, family and the wider community, and now that I have found my feet running a successful business, I am determined to give back and support others wherever I can.”
Juliet’s charity work included most recently an exhibition at the Highwaymans gallery called ‘Trooping of the rural colours’ which supported the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).
At Juliet’s darkest times she decided to throw all her energy and efforts into her business.
She said: “After seeking help from the women’s refuge, I was given the support and encouragement to end my marriage, protect myself and my children and build a new life for us.
“ It was a truly awful time, but my business was my life-line, and the key to a happy, stable future for my family.”
As well as working for the RABI, Juliet is also known widely by the community and has hosted various charity events for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, St Nicholas Hospice, Rethink Mental Health, Christian Church Festivals, Havebury and Focus 12.
The Highwaymans also has a small gift shop which supports local Suffolk produce and crafts, including honey produced by Juliet’s own bees.
“Us mums come with an invaluable skillset; we multi-task, we manage, we problem-solve, and we have compassion.”