Updated: Aug 11, 2018
I came across Onika a few years ago now and was lucky enough to grab her to speak at one of the London Mums Events. Onika Set up 'The Space retreat' as an idea for mums, often burnt out.. to grab a few hours to themselves. I have to say it was quite relaxing! I managed to grab 5 with Onika to ask her a few questions about why and how she set up her business..
Thanks for taking part in this interview, So what did you do before becoming a mum?
I was a project co-ordinator.
Where did your new business idea come from?
Not having time or space for myself to take a moment out to just breathe, rest and relax without feeling guilty or feeling rushed or having to ask someone to keep the kids.
How did you move from the idea to business?
I ran a few Google surveys to find out whether women were experiencing the same challenges as I thought and what their favourite relaxing activities were in order to offer the right elements. I also made sure that I found the right space that was calming for guests and comfortable for children. Finding the right space took quite some time but when I found it I knew that it was right.
What is your USP?
Offering women a space where we can relax and enjoy many of the things we don’t usually have time for around work and/or motherhood which includes relaxing, reading, pampering and discovering more about ourselves.
What’s your biggest barrier so far?
Finding a suitable space and a larger space to accommodate more guests
Last questions, who inspires you?
Oprah, for staying true to her vision, making it happen and achieving so much more. I’m also inspired by Sheryl Sandberg again for everything she’s achieved as a founding employee of Facebook, launching her own movement and business and dealing with personal challenges.
I hope to be able to support women particularly mums throughout the UK, by providing a welcoming space to take a break yet to rediscover their hopes and dreams and to be them.
Huge thanks to Onika for taking part in our 5 min interviews..
If you'd like to know more about The Space Retreat, visit - www.thespaceretreat.com/