Emma Dawson

start-ups Member - Bristol Clifton

Nutritional Balance

Using science and coaching I support women with hormonal imbalances, anxiety and menopausal symptoms to regain energy, focus, confidence, libido, quality sleep, support bone health and reduce hot flushes, brain fog, anxiety, low mood, joint aches and IBS type symptoms.

A bit about me...

My background is managing support services for vulnerable groups of people. I retrained as a Nutritional Therapist gaining a First Class Hons in 2014 and have worked privately and for Nuffield Health as a Nutritional Therapist ever since. Keen to buld my own service I founded Nutritional Balance in 2019 and am currently expanding my business as a Hormonal Balance, Menopause and Anxiety expert. 

A bit more about me

What's the most enjoyable thing about your work?
When my clients start feeling better, often in ways they didn't realise possible. One client who came to me for acne said that she hadn't realised she didn't have to have brain fog all the time, she thought it was normal. I also love giving seminars and workshops to educate and inspire change because you can reach so many people. After speaking at a girl's school a few years ago I received feedback from the teacher that a girl with an eating disorder had been so inspired by my talk she was now learning to view food in a positive way.

What is your vision for your business?
To reach as many people as possible to support them make lasting positive and enjoyable changes to their physical and mental health. In the longterm to provide a multi disciplinary service with a personal trainer, psychotherapist, kinesiologist and/or shiatsu practitioner and prescribing doctor running group-work as well as 1to1 support.

If you could give one single piece of advice to a new start up business, what would it be?
Say yes when you are offered opportunities, even of the money isn't so good. You gain experience, networking opportunities and build up your skill set and confidence.

Which business person or company do you admire most and why?
Amy Oldfield of Empowered Fitness. Setting up your own personal training gym is particularly hard because of the financial risk of acquiring the location, equipment, insurance, working hours and staff. It is also a saturated market. I admire how Amy has overcome this by focusing on a specific client group, providing a top class service, ensuring they get excellent results, in the way she markets her service, networks and the support she offers to other businesses.

Which one phrase or quote sums up your attitude to business life?
Currently it is to say yes to all business opportunities that present. As a start-up business I am finding that this is the way I make connections and also learn how I want to evolve.

What made you join WMB and how do you plan to make the most of the network?
Alex McArthur- Davies invited me to a meeting. Alex herself and the group inspired me to join because they (you) showed how WMB combines structure and practicality with humour, integrity, positivity and non judgemental support. My background is managing support services in the voluntary sector and working as a nutritionist for Nuffield Health. Whilst I am an experienced nutritionist and manager, used to meeting deadlines, winning business and providing a top notch service I have never done this for myself. I miss the teamwork and support network and so would like to become an active part of WMB network. I have little experience of marketing or building my own business and hope to use WMB members for support.

What do you do at week-ends?
My weekends are varied. I often visit friends or family dotted around the UK. I love going out into the country or to the sea because I live in the heart of the city and miss the green, clean air. Exercise be it walking, cycling or a gym class is a necessity wherever I am- it's how I unwind. I love cooking stir-fries and eating the healthiest, tastiest cake I can make or buy. As a nutritionist I am a big advocate of treats.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 2 luxury items would you take?
A lighter so we can make a fire to cook fish on and my partner, Simon.

What book are you currently reading?
I have just finished Inside Out by Demi Moore. This was a Christmas present and not a book I would have considered myself however I now have huge respect for Demi and would recommend it.

What book(s) would you recommend?
Recipe book wise The Gut Makeover Recipe book by Jeanette Hind has great, healthy by tasty recipes. It's not a book but for family recipes check out Stella Chadwick's recipes on her Brainstorm Health Website.

Who's your personal hero and why?
My mother. When she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer she was given 7 months to live. That was in 2012. She embarked on a combined medical and nutritional therapy approach to survive, went through excruciating pain, learnt to inject herself with insulin and throughout this remained determined to keep going. She is so brave. Today in 2020 at the age of 76 she still runs her own business with my dad, plays an active role with her grandchildren (my nieces and nephews), loves the WI and attends the Seaton Extinction Rebellion meetings because she is passionate about the environment.

What is your worst experience in business or work?
In my eagerness to make contact, answering an early morning call to a business I was keen to speak to when I was literally getting out of bed. I hit Facetime by mistake and suddenly saw a man's face full of horror as he was confronted by this topless scarecrow like creature (me). I cancelled the call, got dressed and brushed my hair at lightening speed and rang him straight back, pretending nothing had happened. It was never mentioned and I got the work but it remains the most embarrassing business moment of my life.

What was your first ever job?
From the age of 15 working in a local chemist on Saturday mornings, in Colyton, Devon, where I grew up. I loved it, it was so interesting, I learnt so much about health and got to know people in the community in a way I never would have done.

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
At the moment on a white sandy beach in the sun on Mull where Kidnapped was set or nearby Iona. Stunningly beautiful and unspoilt and in the UK. Iona has an amazing community vibe too. Very special.