Bournemouth based recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK, welcomed The MacGuffin Project founder, Claire Timbrell, as guest speaker at its June 7 lunch held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Sandbanks.
A graduate of Bournemouth University, Claire explained to the guests how she and her business partner set up The MacGuffin Project during training for a fitness challenge which meant saying goodbye to their routine social life of weekends spent drinking and eating out with friends. A new social activity was required and this triggered the couple into creating a new concept in leisure and entertainment with the aim to change how groups of people socialise.
Having already overcome a number of obstacles in order to get the project off the ground, misfortune struck when Claire got notification that the build cost of the project would be more than 6 times the original quote. On the same day, a foul waste leak flooded the venue under refurbishment.
With concerned friends and family advising Claire to accept defeat and go back to her secure and successful career in marketing, the entrepreneur refused to give up and instead felt spurred on to overcome this latest challenge.
Looking to Angel Investment for finance, a successful pitch by Claire saw all five investors interested in finding the MacGuffin Project, which finally led to the launch of the business in May this year.
Jobshop UK director, Tracey Wood, said: “Feedback from the Director’s Lunch has been fantastic, with everyone genuinely fascinated and impressed with Claire’s story behind her business start-up. Having faced so many trials and tribulations on the way, it is hugely encouraging to meet someone who strides forward in the face of adversity. Starting up a business is never an easy thing to do, and Claire has proven that if you really believe in yourself and your business idea, then the only thing holding you back is you.
“We are delighted to welcome back Mark Constantine, CEO and co-founder of Lush as our next speaker at our Director’s lunch on 11th October 2017.”