Work/life bal­ance

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Becky Clarke, from Wright­ing­ton, has spent the last three years work­ing for her fam­ily busi­ness Clarke and Pul­man. Since they branched out into coun­try life­style wear last year, she has run Rufford’s Coun­try Store

Who or what has been the big­gest in­flu­ence on your busi­ness?

Rufford’s Coun­try Store is a fam­ily-run busi­ness plus a sis­ter com­pany of our agri­cul­tural part­ner Clarke and Pul­man which was es­tab­lished in 2003 by my dad. There­fore, fam­ily has al­ways been my big­gest in­flu­ence. Peo­ple say you can’t choose your fam­ily, but I hon­estly feel like I did. We are ca­pa­ble of both liv­ing and work­ing to­gether in harmony and most fam­i­lies will agree that can be dif­fi­cult.

Which ma­jor na­tional or in­ter­na­tional brand do you ad­mire and why?

I have great ad­mi­ra­tion for the brand Hol­land Cooper and how it has grown in the in­dus­try. The busi­ness was only es­tab­lished in 2008 and is now recog­nised as one of the lead­ing Bri­tish brands to of­fer con­tem­po­rary tai­lor­ing in Scot­tish tweed. Jade Hol­land Cooper es­tab­lished the com­pany at only 21-years-old and she is a great in­spi­ra­tion for any young en­tre­pre­neur.

When you get to go out for lunch where in Lan­cashire do you head?

You can never beat your own lo­cal pub! The Corner House, which is a stone’s throw away from where we live al­ways of­fers a wide range of spe­cial­i­ties. Their roast chicken with dauphi­noise pota­toes and sea­sonal veg is al­ways a good pub lunch.

If you weren’t earn­ing your liv­ing do­ing this, what would be your dream job? From be­ing young my dream job was to be a pri­mary school teacher. I have al­ways en­joyed be­ing around chil­dren and I knew it would have been a good ca­reer choice.

What do you do on a week­end off?

As most peo­ple who work in re­tail know, week­ends off don’t come around that of­ten. How­ever, when they do, there is noth­ing more I en­joy the rid­ing my horses Jaguar and Timmy, two geld­ings

I have had from a young age. I com­pete in show jump­ing events around the North West and hav­ing a liv­ery yard at home means I am never far away from horses.

What’s your favourite hol­i­day lo­ca­tion?

I have spent a lot of time in sunny Por­tu­gal hol­i­day­ing with fam­ily and friends how­ever for my 21st birth­day my mum took me to New York and I loved it. I am a coun­try girl who loves the great out­doors but the buzz of New York city cen­tre showed I can en­joy both types of hol­i­day.

What’s your favourite film and why?

Chick flicks never dis­ap­point in my eyes and PS I Love You is the Queen of all chick flicks. It has ev­ery­thing you could want, ro­mance, laugh­ter, tears. Plus, it boils down to how you can still make some­thing of your­self when you’re at a low point in your life.

Becky Clarke at Rufford’s Coun­try Store

Becky Clarke of Rufford’s Coun­try Store

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