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www.networkshe.com69At Company Vehicle Solutions, Ann Baker has been helping businesses and individuals to get the most out of their motoring budget for over 13 years. Ann was working for a daily car rental company up North when she decided to set up her own vehicle leasing business. "My boss was an inspiration, 'cos I remember thinking if he can do it...I'm damn sure I can! There were lots of things that I felt could be improved so I decided to have a go myself!" So with a clear idea of what not to do, and a pretty good idea of how things should be, Ann decided to set up her own business. Company Vehicle Solutions was started in 1999, and Ann's mission was to find the ideal vehicle solution for every customer. In 2007 she relocated herself & Company Vehicle Solutions from Leeds to a smallholding in Llandudno. She is enjoying the rural life, & has been having great fun growing veg, raising chickens, long walks with her dog, but of course the cat is the real boss! Ann may be living a more relaxed lifestyle, but her passion for helping her customers is as fired up as ever. Customers reasons for buying cars are all different, and this is something that Ann appreciates and tries to accommodate drawing on her knowledge of the car industry. "Some customers contact me, they have a budget to spend, give me a few clues about what they want & leave me to sort out the best deal. I often joke that I do contract hire and clairvoyance!" Car sales is undoubtedly a male dominated industry, but Ann has never found this a disadvantage. "In some ways, you have to know twice as much to be thought half as good, but this is not a problem - remember, Ginger Rodgers did everything that Fred Astaire did but backwards and in high heels!" RIGHT ANN for the jobBeing a woman selling cars in a male dominated industry is the reason why Ann Baker feels she can stay ahead of the game Ginger Rodgers did everything that Fred Astaire did but backwards and in high heels

70Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012You've got a great idea for a conference or an event but the next headache is to find the perfect venue. Choosing the right venue for your event can be as important as deciding on the content of the day. Here are some pointers to help you find that perfect venue.1. FacilitiesAlways visit the venue before you book it if you can. Check that the room is big enough, what equipment they have to hire, what refreshments are available and if there is free Wi-Fi access.2. StaffIt's the quality of the people that separates the acceptable from the exceptional. Ensure that you are given a dedicated events co-ordinator who will be your single point of contact. When you visit the venue make note of the greeting you experience.3. CostMake sure that you set yourself a budget. Be open and honest with the venue and make it clear what your budget is. Ensure that you get a written quote from the venue and check that it includes everything.4. Breakout AreasCheck for breakout areas, where delegates can escape and relax away from the conference room. A good venue will provide a separate area for refreshments to be served.5. Car ParkingCheck out the parking arrangements. A good venue will have free parking but if they don't make sure that your delegates know before they come how much it will be. If you're looking for a venue in North Wales, Glasdir Business and Conference Centre is a modern building with purpose built facilities and has a range of rooms of all sizes. Whether you are a business start up looking for a meeting room for a few hours, a training provider looking for a venue for your training, or an conference room, Glasdir is the perfect venue.Tel: 01492 640640 . www.glasdir.comThe PERFECT VENUEGlasdir is one of the finest meeting andconference venues in North Wales. Set in the market town of Llanrwst, Glasdir offersaffordable quality facilities.Mae Glasdir yn un o ganolfannau cyfarfodydd acynadleddau gorau'r gogledd.Mae Glasdir yn sefyll yng nghanol tref farchnadLlanrwst gyda chyfleusterau rhagorol a phrisiau rhesymol.Tel/Ffon01492 640640 www.glasdir.comMeeting .Conference .Exhibition .TrainingCyfarfod .Cynhadledd .Arddangosfa .Hyfforddiant@glasdirLlanrwst /GlasdirLlanrwst0091_GlasdirAd_LandscapeOpt_Layout 1 15/08/2012 16:44 Page 1by Elin Mai RowlandsNETWORK SHE PROMOTION