We had our first in-person team meeting in London last week at Metro Offices on Bishopsgate, and what a special day we had! 30 women gathered together to celebrate, plan and connect!
I wanted to find a way to summarise the way we have come to the point we are at today, and as I started to write it flowed as a poem.
A poem felt the best way to describe our “journey to now” to the team. It shows the highs and lows and twists and turns of business!
A poem I read to my team, and would love to now share with you…..
OUR JOURNEY TO NOW
So at first it was just me…. Not forgetting our Jamie
And Alison helped us from the start – The original 3!
We created logos and a website, and we drafted a plan
The Mortgage Mum was creating change, in a world designed for man
In September 2019 our first Mortgage Mum joined us, Shelley
The next month we were on the cover of Mortgage Strategy
We ran a course, we learned a lot, we needed a few more
Then we got our first experienced broker walk through the door
Melissa helped us teach and train, and 3 turned into 8
Then Covid came along, & the growing had to wait
Home school, anxiety, stress and fears
A lot of Tuesday meetings had us all in tears
But we carried on, and joined Mortgage Intelligence too
Between onboarding and CAS we had alot of work to do
Sally Laker said she was lucky we’d showed her a new way
They never used video calls until that very day
Now that Covid was here, she was thankful that we came
And we realised our USP would also have to change
Then Carolyne came launching our protection team, and we really felt we’d won
We had Sue join us in July, giving her a brand new start
Then Karen started in her role and really stole our heart
Not forgetting the magic 7 who truly taught us so much
Which we adapted for the fab 5 with Karen’s magic touch
Along came our own admin, thank you Affinity for the loan
Jo Lauren and Gemma joined the pack, we were really starting to grow
Now we wanted our first Award, but we had a way to go!
We were nominated, but never won, and the progress felt so slow
We’d captured their attentions
All eyes were on us
But the mortgage figures were not quite there
So we couldn’t yet live up to the fuss!
The five stars joined us later this year, along with lovely Kirsty
We had a paraplanner to help the brokers be the best that they could be
We built a framework, created our values, and we presented to the team
It felt like we’d up-levelled…. it was starting to look like the dream
In November 2021, we had a special night….
“And the winner is The Mortgage Mum” made us scream in delight!
We jumped, and cried, and danced and laughed. It was the best feeling inside!
And then we watched Sonya win, and we screamed and glowed with pride!
Another 2 Awards came then, and people really started to see
That we were much more than they initially thought we’d be….
We celebrated the year with a trip to Champneys Hotel and Spa
And after years of connecting on the screen we got to see who we really are
A group of incredible women, who are here to change the world
Inspiring the next generation, especially those young girls
We shared the love, and it really felt like we were on our way
So when Jo, Kelly, Natalie and Rach joined in January, it was the icing on the cake
With our own admin, and a solid team, it was time to really go
Until we realised we were missing a part, that was vital for us to grow
There were women who were thriving, but wanting to break free
Who craved the freedom we could give, and we could now see
That by forming this Emerald club, our eco-system was complete
We were an end to end solution, and every broker’s needs we could meet
Jade and Dinta joined us! And now the K team too!
And so there really was only one thing left for us to do
In March we had a record month, our first £100k!
And Jamie & Sarah just didn’t know what to say
Because ever since day one, they’ve believed in this new way
Of freedom, and flexible working. Of taking charge of your day
There’s lows we’ve never shared, many tears cried too
But honestly it’s worth it all when we see what you can do!
And today we come together, to recalibrate
We really do have so much that we can celebrate!
Thank you for being part of a story that we’re only part way through
None of this could happen without every one of you!