Louise Brooks-Curry

Tourism Business Connector

So this is me… a proper salt of the earth Cornish maid who is extremely proud of my Cornish heritage. Having lived my whole life in Cornwall, I grew up as a butcher’s daughter with farming and guest house owner grandparents in a small rural community. From a young age I soon established an understanding of the trials and tribulations of running a small family run business and was inspired by my hard-working mother and father.

The eldest of five children, I have so many fond memories of growing up in Cornwall from playing in streams, running through fields, building dens, to family days at the sea side and the smell of the sea air combined with suntan lotion and the warm scent of salt and vinegar from fish and chips. I love the bustle of the summer months, the beautiful Cornish sunshine, the mixture of the locals and tourists with so many wonderful places to visit. When the sun shines there really is no better place to be!

Business idea that I’m secretly plotting: A piece of kit rolled out across the country that prepares cream teas, jam first! Time to settle that debate once and for all!!!

My perfect day involves: Waking up in a beautiful Cornish holiday home overlooking the sea to freshly brewed coffee, taking a morning stroll along a costal path, grabbing lunch at a seafood restaurant. The afternoon would consist of shopping and a spa before watching the sun go down over great food and a glass of wine with friends.

Business hero: My Dad; 30 years of self-employment, working 6 days a week as a mobile butcher, never took a single holiday other than Christmas day and Boxing day and was out delivering come ’hell or high water’! Always with a smile on his face and nothing was ever too much trouble for his customers.

Career highlight: Lucky enough to so have many in my 15 year teaching career! For three years that I ran the Rick Steins apprenticeship programme alongside of some of his finest Head Chefs, such a career highlight especially when it came to the apprentice’s final assessment dinner with Rick. In the final year we were runners up for the WMN Business Awards Best Apprenticeship Programme.

Local businesses that I salute: Seasalt Cornwall – established in 1981 in Penzance and has since taken the UK by storm with almost 70 stores nationwide. A great example that really does go to show the nations love of Cornwall and the Cornish way of life.

Most people don't know this but I'm a closet: Car karaoke queen even though I really can’t sing!

I'm always best remembered for my: Incredible collection of high heels and passion for Cornish food and drink.

My skills gap confession: Too much tech has me coming out in rashes, don’t ask me to put formulas into an excel spread sheet, it may take me all day!