A mid thirties mum of two who took her career to the web to turn her life around and support other mums with work life balance has been crowned Working Mum of the Year in Pitman Training’s International SuperAchievers Awards.
This year the awards called for employers, colleagues and friends input into selecting the nation’s SuperAchievers for 2016 in a new approach that saw Pitman Training hand power to the public to play the role of 4th judge. Suzannah Butcher, founder of Work for Mums, harnessed the most support from the public vote, and that alongside high judges scores secured her victory.
Suzannah took the leap from the security of having always been employed all her life, to taking her career and income into her own hands as she hit her mid 30s. The judges commended her for her passion and drive for harnessing her entrepreneurial spirit, whilst successfully juggling a demanding family life.
With two children age 10 and 8, and supporting a husband with Cystic Fibrosis, Suzannah created a web start up, and has learnt how to run a business from scratch, with her website now ranking number 1 on Google for many search terms related to her industry.
She said: “I’ve always been drawn to roles where I could help others in some way, so I seized the opportunity to do this online via my website therefore creating a better work/life balance at the same time. There are many challenges that come with running an online business and keeping up with technology and I do feel the pressure of this, but I’m constantly looking for ways to streamline my business, to help overcome the fear of being totally overwhelmed. I appreciate that I can’t do everything myself and employ other mums to support me, helping them achieve a work life balance too”.
Suzannah is driven by a desire to prove to her children that they can do anything they set their mind to, that failure isn’t a bad thing as long as you learn from it, and that they should never give up on their dreams.
Suzannah’s ambition for Work for Mums is for it to be seen as a leader in return to work resources for parents as well as continuing to help people back into the workplace or start a business. She is currently developing online business training, sharing everything she has herself learnt and she’s excited about developing business awards that are in the pipeline to recognise amazing people making a difference.
Suzannah’s background has seen her struggle though tough times that included humble beginnings in a council house, an alcoholic father, homelessness, and finding her way through life with factory jobs. She said: “To have got through all that to where I am now where I have my own beautiful family running my own business, I never would have dreamt it would be possible to achieve this and if I can inspire just one person to do the same, it would be well worth it.”
Kirsty Smith, blogger and one of the judging panel of Pitman Training’s SuperAchievers Awards said: “The talent we were searching for was those who tirelessly work to achieve their professional and financial goals, often overcoming adversity to support their families and work towards their dreams. Suzannah is a colourful example of this, and clearly has a great future ahead of her. She’s a very inspiring lady who certainly has it all together! I honestly think that rather than being bad for your professional life starting a family can be the perfect inspiration for getting the career you really want and we’ve seen this proven.”
As many parents struggle to juggle children and careers, Pitman Training is looking to showcase and support mums who love their jobs or who have created their own careers, recognising those who strive to achieve and have a positive impact on their families as a result.
Pitman Training Managing Director, and fellow Working Mum, Claire Lister commented: “Suzannah encompasses all the traits that Working Mums are known for; drive, determination, focus and most of all, passion for not only her family, but her career. Harbouring an entrepreneurial ambition whilst doing so with a young family and her husband’s health problems is truly inspirational. Suzannah is well deserving of this award.”
Pitman Training offers flexible, tailor-made courses and qualifications with one-on-one student support in subjects including Office, IT, Administration, Finance and Business, which are recognised by employers. The teams also offer free career clinics and CVs advice. For more information see www.pitman-training.com