“Gerard and his team helped me to discover renewed enthusiasm and motivation!”

Lyn Cecil, Secretaries Plus (Recruitment services)

Lyn Cecil winning the Natwest Hera Award 2009

“My business supplies temporary and permanent PA/office support staff. Based in Bond St, clients range from the House of Commons to Red Bull and the Bank of England. We are particularly good at filling ¬£35,000+ PA/EA roles for top executives. Our newest division, the Plus Team, is a team of 20 superstar trainers who provide training through the job centres to newly unemployed¬† professionals, with 98% fully satisfied from the 1800 trained so far.”

“I started out on my own having worked for a couple of elderly Scottish ladies and thinking I could do better! I didn’t look too far ahead when I set up but knew it had to be based on excellence – and am still going over 35 years later! In that time I’ve faced some pretty tough challenges: recessions, the City meltdown and worst of all, a fraud of close to ¬£1 million which forced the company into receivership. I had to start again at 55, borrow the money to buy the business back and keep myself and my team motivated in the process.

When I met Gerard and his team, they were a catalyst in my journey back to success. Most importantly of all, they helped reignite my passion and excitement for the business, which had been drained by the fraud. Some of the strategies I developed with their support took time to bear fruit. Then, in 2007, we more than quadrupled the profits of the previous year and achieved our aim of a 5 star weekend for all the team in Mougins in the South of France!

I don’t think I would have won the NatWest Hera Award without the renewed enthusiasm and motivation that Gerard and his team helped me discover!”

Lyn appeared on Channel 4′s The Secret Millionaire on Tuesday 17th May at 9pm. Read her interview on the experience here.

Lyn tells her amazing story of how she went from despair to Secret Millioniare below.