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Sonia Robinson
Sonia Robinson
Founder & MD, Southern Oak Ltd
Sonia‘s professional bio / interests
With a 30-year career starting at 14, I bring a wealth of experience as the proud owner of Southern Oak Ltd, launched a year ago. My journey reflects a dedication to excellence and continuous growth. Beginning in banking, I developed financial acumen, laying a foundation for roles in sales, showcasing a natural talent for client relationships. Venturing into event management highlighted my versatility, refining project coordination. In construction administration, I navigated complex operations, contributing to organisational efficiency. A year ago, I embraced entrepreneurship, founding Southern Oak Ltd. Leading the charge, I steer the venture towards new heights, driven by a passion for business and a commitment to exceptional products/services and a positive work environment. Beyond work, my joy lies in family time, especially with my two children and three fur-babies. I love dining out, watching films, stand-up comedy, and musicals. Staying fit, I opt for activities like pilates sessions to relax and fight klub (mma) to release tension. I have a passion for travel and aspire to now start traveling for business too. Manifestation and affirmations guide me, and I find motivation in books and podcasts.
I’d like help with…
Hello everyone, I'm reaching out to the group in the hope that someone may be able to connect me with specific professionals, such as builders, property developers, landscapers, or architects, who have a significant influence on the use of oak in their projects. Advocating for the incorporation of oak in projects comes with numerous advantages, including its durability, versatility, and aesthetic appeal. Oak is renowned for its strength, resistance to decay, and ability to complement various design styles. Moreover, it often enhances the perceived value of a project, making it a wise choice for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Currently, 90% of my leads come from individuals who have come across a post or an ad campaign and are inquiring for their own homes. To expand my business opportunities, I am eager to connect with more builders, landscapers, architects, and property developers who, through potential partnerships, can encourage the use of oak in their projects when suitable for the home.
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
My genetic mix is like a cultural cocktail with a splash of English sophistication, a twist of Irish charm, and a burst of Jamaican vibrancy. I have the English side, sipping tea with impeccable manners, the Irish side telling lively stories and making everyone laugh, and the Jamaican side bringing the rhythm and flavor to the party. I embrace the uniqueness that is me – the walking, talking embodiment of the ultimate cultural blend!
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A career highlight
One of the most defining moments in my career was the courageous decision to embark on the entrepreneurial journey by establishing Southern Oak Ltd. This pivotal step represented more than just the creation of a company; it symbolized a profound belief in my abilities, a commitment to a vision, and the courage to pursue a path less traveled. In essence, the decision to establish Southern Oak Ltd. is more than a career highlight; it is a testament to the power of courage, faith, and a relentless pursuit of one's aspirations. It signifies the willingness to embrace challenges, the audacity to dream big, and the fortitude to turn those dreams into reality.
Joined Guild
09 February, 2024