“If someone says that gay people aren’t business minded and should stick to interior design, they’re talking rubbish.”
How did you set up and make your business a success?
Before I started my own company, I worked on major e-commerce projects. Whilst doing this, I noticed a lack of understanding and communication between the various parties involved in these ventures.
I saw a gap in the market for an overall website solutions provider, a specialist business that delivered all the necessary skills to take web projects from the beginning to the end. So I formed Chameleon Net by myself in my bedroom about eight years ago. Now we have 26 staff, offices in Central London and several corporate clients.
Starting out is hard. You need an element of risk taking to make the jump from a secure paid job to running your own business. However, provided you work hard and deliver a quality product, you can do it.
And gay people are just as good at it as straight people. If someone says that gay people aren’t business minded and should stick to fashion and interior design, then they’re talking rubbish.
What’s great about the UK is that, as long as you have a passion for your business, you can find the support and help needed to make it a success.
If you want to start your own company, choose an industry that you know a reasonable amount about beforehand. Get loads of advice from everywhere you can, such as Business Link and friends and family who have set up businesses.
Finally, never underestimate the value of networking – it’s important to build up contacts that will help your business grow.
Vicky Reeves is a hugely successful businesswoman.
In 1998 she founded ChameleonNet, a web solutions company, which has grown at an unstoppable rate. Her company has a wide variety of corporate clients, including 3M, Amnesty International and UNICEF.
In 2005, she was named the Best Woman in Technology by the Women & Technology Awards and was given the Entrepreneur of the Year award at Britain’s first Gay and Lesbian Awards.
In 2008 Vicky was a finalist as Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Fast Growth Business Awards 2008 and at Women of the Future Awards 2008.
From 2008 until April 2010, Vicky sat on the Small Business Forum, advising the Government on their support of small businesses.