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Pioneer of the Week: Mollie King of Kent Owl Academy

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Pioneer of the Week: Mollie King of Kent Owl Academy


Mollie and Magic.jpgName            Mollie King
Location        Maidstone
Business        Kent Owl Academy


I own the Kent Owl Academy in Maidstone. A brand new, animal- focused educational business in Kent.

Two interesting facts about me -

1. I am currently writing a book on a bird called a Tawny Frogmouth.

2. I keep a small spotted genet in my bedroom…

How did you start your business?

With 2 owls and all my savings! I used to manage a bird of prey centre in Essex and I had always dreamt of having a centre of my own. When a potential site came up, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands!


What made you start-up?

I am passionate about animals and have worked with them my entire life. I wanted to share my passion with potential future enthusiasts.


What do you love about being an entrepreneur?


mollo and dre.jpgWell, it certainly isn’t the money! (But I’m sure that will change). I love being a business owner because it’s just great. Such pride comes with making something of your own and watching it flourish.


What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Getting a complaint is inevitable at some point. But dealing with them is always hard as you tend to take things personally when you’re the owner of the business. Overcoming the need to feel defensive is hard - but totally achievable. It’s my job to help people understand what we do and why so they leave the Kent Owl Academy with an open mind and new knowledge!


Can you share an experience that helped your business VOOM?

The words ‘work smart, not hard’ helped me to realise that I needed to focus on what I was good at and make those things the best they could be. Forget everything else and put all your efforts into what you can do to excel.


Where do you work from?

I work from an office which has been built inside an old Hopper’s Hut. The Kent Owl Academy was built on some wasted land behind a Hop garden in the picturesque grounds of Kent Life, a Kentish Farm Park.


What do you wish you knew when you first started?

How much effort it can take to get noticed on social media! I have a niche market which makes it even harder as I must attract new clientele who may not even know such things exist!


Two top tips for my industry -

1. Be bold and confident- a presenter needs to make everyone feel lifted!

2. Always put the animal’s welfare first


Can you help @Kentowlacademy1? -

Are there any other Pioneers in Kent who can help promote the academy?


Connect with Mollie by tagging @Kentowlacademy1 in the commen
Or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.