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Pioneer of the Week: Lisa Marie Brown of Pinkspiration

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Pioneer of the Week: Lisa Marie Brown of Pinkspiration

Tell us 3 important things we should know about you.

  • Pinkspiration works in the construction industry and up skilled over 4,500 young people and community members as part of Transforming Spaces: Design Factor featured on ITV.
  • I love working in the construction industry and re-built 25 empty spaces. Now working on Wales Largest Road Scheme A465 with Jacobs
  • Recently designed and launched the UKs first pink Maserati

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Tell us about your business. How did it start? Did you set it up alone or with a team?

Pinkspiration started up in 2011, it was always my passion working in the construction industry re-building empty spaces and up skilling young people. I designed my business around my dream job and teams of creative people to join me on my journey of growth. As there are over 380,000 empty spaces and nearly 1 million young people unemployed there was a clear gap in the market for a business to meet those needs.

When we launched the business there were only 1% of women in manual trades and this has reached 3% and we actively encourage diversity within the sector. Our business recently ranked on the SE100 as one of the top social businesses across the United Kingdom.


What do you love most about running your own business?

After broadcast to 20 million globally with the help from the Virgin Media Pioneers team, I meet amazing young people and community members every day and enjoy the challenge of running a successful, global social business.


Tell us about a challenging experience you’ve faced in the process of starting up your business and how you overcame it.

Initially when starting Pinkspiration I put in 120% of effort to make the business a success. Personally I am still learning from new experiences within the growth phase, which can be challenging. Attending events as a guest speaker I get a little nervous and consistently work outside of my comfort zone, I keep myself fit and active at all times.

There will be times when you have set backs in your business and it is important to learn from failure, because it is only when you persist and bounce back each time that you become fearless.


What advice could you give to other startups about starting up in your industry?

If you are considering Starting Up a business in non traditional sector I would suggest that you‘ Go For it’ as Richard Branson would say ‘ Screw it, Just do it’. Working in the construction and engineering sector is a great sector and there are many opportunities for young people and girls/ women to thrive in this industry. Personally I started up my business by re-building one room and now working on the largest road scheme in Wales the A465.


Our business is in the process of bidding for £1.1 million for a very ambitious construction programme and planned to open the doors for a new wave of talent to enter the industry encouraging 50/50 by 2020.     


Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 09.50.51.pngCan you share an experience that really helped you take your business forward? 

Personally I have always learnt from the best business leaders and entrepreneurs. Surround yourself with positive people.  Get a mentor to help you grow,there are a host of brilliant mentors.


Many people start their businesses at home, where do you work? What do you love about it? 

Pinkspiration started in my bedroom and now I have an office in Abercynon, South Wales at the bottom of a mountain which is lovely. Your office does not have to be super glamorous, just a space with good internet connection.


What are three things you know now, that you wish someone had told you when you first started?

  • Never be afraid of failure
  • Hard work, Persistence and commitment
  • It is not about the destination it is about the journey. Enjoy it!


Is there anything specific you’d like to ask or share with the Virgin Media Pioneers community?

We are working on producing Transforming Spaces: Design Factor the 3 part TV series to broadcast for 2016/17. If you would like to get involved or help to make it happen we would love to hear from you. Thanks to Richard Branson and the Virgin Media Pioneer team for your support.


Finish the sentence: To be an entrepreneur… be different, be bold, think big!


Check out Pinkspiration and shout out to Lisa on Twitter!

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Hi - I really like this post! Very useful...

Thought Leader

Glad you like it @Parwiztest! Lisa's a great lady it's a pleasure to share her success story


Hi Lisa, Jenwelch,

This is a great and very inspiring piece especially to those woman out there who are in the "mens work zone". It's the pink thing that makes it more famous than everything else. keep up the good work Lisa and more pink projects ahead! 

best of all,