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Cathy Burns – Director of Your Story

I worked at Brilliant Media for 10 years where I studied for a MBA, joined the Board and was part of the management buyout team.

It really was a fun place to work with a great culture. We had a turnover of £150 million and one of our biggest clients was DFS. It was the stuff that dreams were made of.

Working at Brilliant was the highlight of my working career.

After the financial crash things took a turn for the worse and we were taken over and I lost my  investment in the business.

I remember driving home and thinking to myself I need to tell my daughter that we’re going to have to move home. That was a dark day.

But of course everything happens for a reason and marketing was going through huge changes at the time with the emphasis much more on social and digital activity, so I decided to get a qualification in social media, and set up CB Social.

And then met Phil, we joined forces and created Your Story last September and we haven’t looked back since. We really complement one another. We have the same sense of humour and values and a great balance of skills. The rebrand was really important as it gave us a much bigger, more serious name. Potential clients perceive us as a bigger brand so we are starting to get much larger pieces of work through the door now and the company is going from strength to strength.

What makes me brave?

As a single parent I am driven to create a secure future for me and my daughter. I am fiercely independent and I could never go back to working for someone else. I think I’m probably unemployable now!

I really like the flexibility and opportunity that running a business offers. It comes with its own worries but ultimately our future is in our hands and I love that feeling!