Determined business owner wins award for overcoming challenges of pandemic - The Rugby Observer

Determined business owner wins award for overcoming challenges of pandemic

A DETERMINED Rugby woman who overcame the challenges of the pandemic to reinvent her security business has won a national award.

Clare Randall, owner of Stonewall Security Group, was presented with a Woman Who Achieves Award at a ceremony at Coombe Abbey Hotel.

She was commended by judges for her resilience when the survival of the business she had built up with her husband Martin over a number of years was threatened by the pandemic.

Clare said: “It taught me to never rely on a handful of customers.

“We had some large contracts that just stopped at a snap of the government’s fingers when they enforced the first lockdowns.

“And for a traditional security business that involves guards onsite, with a lockdown in place this created an enormous gap.”

But Clare spotted an opportunity to diversify, so decided to sell her house and invested in her very own state-of-the-art safety deposit box facility – and so Stonewall Vaults was born in a bid to safeguard the business and enable it to swim on through the murky waters.

Clare was taken by surprise at the awards ceremony.

Having noticed the finalists were being called out in alphabetical order, she had kicked off her high heeled boots towards the end of the event, thinking that her chance of an award had passed.

But to her complete surprise, her name was called out as one of the final winners.

The judges commended her win, adding: “When Covid hit and business disappeared overnight, many would have perhaps have taken the easy option to close up shop.

“But Clare developed a new revenue stream with the launch of safety deposit boxes as well as redeveloping their existing security business to differentiate from the competition and create new opportunities.

“All this resulted in a strong bounce back and a business that continues to grow.”

Clare says she is on a mission to change the perception of the security sector by becoming an innovator and thought leader.

She is also a first aid trainer, and dedicates her free time delivering training in exchange for a donation to her chosen charity.

Clare has taken on the challenge of raising £10,000 for The Myton Hospices this year.

She has already completed a triathlon, and later this year is taking on a parachute jump, an 897-mile trek from John O’Groats to Lands End and a 5k Santa Dash.

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