5 Questions With… Elsie Igbinadolor
Jun10

5 Questions With… Elsie Igbinadolor

As many of you already know, we started a new campaign to promote business owners/entrepreneurs in Islington, called “5 questions with…”. The aim is to gain knowledge, understanding and motivation in business through learning about another person’s career journey. We’ve even added a bonus question in this edition to get you inspired about your 2018 goals, too! Our sixth business owner is Elsie Igbinadolor, Property Investor, Property Mentor & Award Winning Speaker. How did you start out? I originally trained with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant, after graduating from Kent University with a degree in Maths & Accounting. So you could say that I have an aptitude for numbers. I moved to the banking industry soon after obtaining my ACA qualification and I have been fortunate to have worked for a number of prestigious Investment Banks such as UBS, Barclays and JP Morgan. My interest in property came at an early age as I was always the one who helped my mother make decisions on wallpaper, buy tiles, choose the bathroom suite, etc. I also once persuaded my mother to change her kitchen and I selected the units, appliances, project managed and paid for the whole thing. I guess the family home was my workshop! I soon realised that my love for property stemmed from being passionate about taking a distressed property and making it into something beautiful – turning an ugly duckling into a swan. I started out in property for myself, initially as a hobby and then for my pension pot by buying flats in Islington, refurbing them and then letting them out to professionals. Later, I moved into development projects and HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) to increase my cash flow after I left the city. What is one pitfall you faced when starting out in business and how did you overcome it?  I wished I had treated my property business as a business long before it became one – if that makes sense. As noted above, it was initially a hobby and something I just did because I had exceptional project management skills gained from my city days managing people, projects and processes. However, it was much later that I discovered the power of networking and collaborating with others. Partnering with others is key, however it has to be with the right person and to ensure that your skills compliment each other. What motivates you every day? I founded my own property and business network 2 ½ years ago (Women In Property & Business Network) to motivate, empower and inspire women. We meet monthly and we have female speakers for a female audience. Some speakers are established whilst others are new, however...

Read More
5 Questions With… Hak Huseyin
May21

5 Questions With… Hak Huseyin

We’re back with another ‘5 Questions With…’, this time with our Co-Vice-Chair Hak Huseyin of Absolute Print.

Read More