Q&A with Kaylie Bloxham, Founder & CEO of Bloxham PR
Kaylie Bloxham talks life lessons, right (and wrong) career decisions and childhood dreams.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Robbie Williams’ wife and an Olympic event rider. Put possibly more realistically, a teacher. I was forever playing schools, roping in my siblings and cousins to form the class. I definitely don’t have the patience to be a teacher but I just loved nothing more than writing in a fresh exercise book and being super organised (and maybe a little bossy too!).
Which words or phrases do you use most?
What one thing would improve the quality of your life?
If I didn’t pick up my mobile phone between 9pm and 6:30am.
What is the most important life lesson you’ve learnt so far?
The realisation that you can’t make everyone see the world through your eyes. No matter how hard you try, some people will never understand your point of view so just accept that, make your point and move on, don’t waste time and energy trying to change things you have no control over.
A big lesson in running my own business, and something I continue to remind myself, is not to feel guilty if I’m not running at 100mph all day everyday. We’re all striving to achieve the perfect balance but sometimes it’s hard. There are times when you have to make sacrifices in your personal life to manage your working life and I don’t think you can every truly switch off, though I’m incredibly grateful to my amazing team for allowing me the opportunity to try. I’ve definitely learnt how important it is to appreciate the perks, whether it’s enjoying the amazing things I get to experience as part of my job or escaping the office early to fit in a Pilates class, it all helps make the long hours and weight of responsibility worth it.
What do you love about your job?
I am incredibly lucky to have found a career that I love. I have the privilege of working with amazing people; my team, clients, press and brand partners, they are truly some of the most talented, creative and inspiring people, and that’s really exciting. Also the sense of fulfilment I get every single day and knowing that I’m creating something for the future.
What is your greatest achievement?
To have grown the business through existing client referrals and the reputation we have established within the sectors we operate. There have been many moments where I’ve had to pinch myself when new business enquiries have come through! It’s a huge honour to have the brand portfolio we do and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved in five years.
What’s the best career decision you’ve ever made?
To leave the paid job I took straight out of university for an unpaid internship in London, with a four-hour round trip commute every day. It was a daunting prospect of long days and really hard work but it paid off. Second would be the decision to start the agency in September 2014. I was freelancing upon moving back to Gloucestershire and very quickly started receiving too many new business enquiries for me to manage by myself. I had to make the call to stay on my own or to hire someone and move out of the dining room at home. I’ve never been very good at saying no which made the decision very easy for me – I was never going to turn the business away. I also got very lucky that it was the brilliant, super talented Rachel Pedrette I hired, who is still at Bloxham PR today.
And when have you made the wrong decision?
I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, some worse than others, but I believe it’s a vital part of the journey and how we all continue to evolve. As long as I learn from every single one, I’m able to turn those experiences into positives. The key is to ensure you don’t make the same mistake twice!
What do you read?
Where do I start… The Times app on my phone is my go-to but we have so many amazing magazines and newspapers in the office I’m spoilt for choice! I adore reading books but I’m useless unless I’m away on holiday.
What is your phone wallpaper?
Me and my boyfriend James, taken on top of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka.
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