054: Mariessa Devlin – see your business through the eyes of a parent

Today I am joined by Mariessa Devlin, who is the Managing Director of Enchanted Forest Nurseries and One Cove Road Coffee House.

Because of her passion for educating young children, Mariessa qualified as a primary school teacher in 1998. Since that time, she has gained vast experience through a number of education management positions and in 2006 co-founded the Enchanted Forest Nurseries with her husband, Bernie.

Enchanted Forest Nurseries employ over 110 people across their 5 sites and promote the very highest quality of care, whilst adding value to the families whose children attend. They are focused on ensuring their brand becomes the Early Learning and Childcare provider of choice for all locations. Their philosophy is ‘being the best we can be’, and they only employ staff who adopt this ethos.

They have won numerous awards, which is testament to the amazing work they are doing.

More recently, Mariessa became the Managing Director of One Cove Road Coffee House and they aim to be the coffee house of choice within Inverclyde and beyond.

Mariessa also has a young daughter and her business allows her not only to be an entrepreneur but also to see her business through the eyes of a parent whose children attended the nursery. This has allowed her to truly excel in the way that she has.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • Mariessa’s incredible contribution to her local area and her continued passion for the education of young children whilst managing a young family
  • What it was like to co-found a business with her husband
  • How Mariessa maximized media exposure to grow her business
  • How she has grew her business to over 100 staff, and how she keeps them engaged
  • Why she started a new business, and how she balances her time between them
  • How she balances time between two businesses and her family

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  1. Enchanted Forest Nurseries
  2. One Cove Road Coffee House
  3. What is DiSC Training? (Wikipedia)
  4. Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast Episode: Wendy Shand
  5. Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast Episode: Poonam Gupta OBE
  6. PR Company: MGPR
  7. Books: Robin Sharma – Leader without a Title and The Monk who sold his Ferrari
  8. Pinterest

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About The Author

Alexis Kingsbury

Alexis is founder of the Parentpreneur Accelerator and Making Greatness Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur, with experience creating start-ups in a variety of areas, particularly in SaaS and EdTech. He is also a lucky husband and proud dad, and now helps other 'parentpreneurs' like him to achieve their dreams of having successful businesses, making a difference in the world, and spending time with the people they love.

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