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Women in Franchising


ActionCOACH


Lucy Cameron is an ActionCOACH senior partner based in Sussex. Lucy was a learning and development manager at Crossrail for five years before starting her own business coaching franchise.


What prompted you to make the change and become a franchisee? In 2002, my husband and I decided to move out of London to a more rural setting where we would be closer to our families and ready to start our own. But the payoff was a minimum three-hour commute to and from work each day. Between 2003 and 2008, we had three children. Childcare became increasingly difficult and our only solution was to get a live-in au pair. My commute continued to be the bane of my life, and I missed precious bedtimes with my children. In 2010, I could feel our relationship


growing increasingly distant – the au pair seemed more of a mother figure than I did. Finding the energy to enjoy weekends and go on family trips was getting more and more difficult. At work, I sensed palpable disdain if I asked for time off to watch my children in school assemblies or to attend parents’ evenings – so I just missed them rather than ask. My husband also had to commute for his work, so the children were losing out on time with both of us. Something had to change. I’d never


considered running my own business before, but the more I looked into franchising, the more boxes it ticked. Business coaching pulled together everything I had loved and learnt – helping people achieve their goals, continuous learning and my people skills. So, I launched my ActionCOACH business in


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