Monica Mwanje founded MM Creative Solutions in 2015 after gaining valuable skills working in a growing SME. Her previous experience made her realise that she wanted to become an entrepreneur and work with other businesses to help them achieve their goals.
With over 14 years’ experience in the nuclear and defence industries, Monica was placed perfectly to collaborate with clients in these sectors and help them win new businesses.
“We want to become your trusted partner, so that together we grow”
The team at MM Creative Solutions provide the following services for nuclear and regulated sectors:
- Bid Services (training, strategy, management and writing)
- Business Development Services (strategic and operational business development, marketing communications and organisational development)
- Independent Peer Review
Having studied a male dominated subject at university, and worked in a male dominated sector for most of her life, Monica was keen to get involved in our #WomenInSMEs campaign.
1. Hi Monica, your business sounds really interesting, can you tell us a bit more about it?
MM Creative Solutions is a specialist management consultancy providing services for nuclear and other regulated sectors. We help our clients to win new business and deliver this via the provision of: Bid Services, Business Development Services and Independent Peer Review. We primarily work with Engineering, Construction and Technical organisations.
2. Can you explain how you came to be a business owner?
My career has taken me from working as a graduate chemical engineer, through to working in an engineering consultancy where I moved from technical work to business management / business strategy growth focused work.
My last role prior to starting my own business was working in a growing SME. Working in that environment, seeing first-hand the impact of the application of technical and business skills brought into focus my own entrepreneurial ambitions. I was enjoying the growth journey and I was also seeing how effective collaboration between specialist organisations can be. I realised that I wanted to work with other businesses and help them realise their goals too.
So, in 2015 I left a senior position in that growing SME and I set up MM Creative Solutions.
3. We’d love to hear about your business’s achievements, and also some challenges you’ve faced?
My greatest successes to date would be being able to work with a range of clients from microbusinesses through to multinationals and helping them win contracts! I’m also proud of developing and delivering my bid training course, as expanding to delivery training is a new area for me.
In honesty the biggest challenges have been keeping myself motivated on the days when it feels nothing is going right and I question why on earth did I start a business. I’ve learned that time is going to pass regardless, and it is up to me to make the time I spend working count, so that I can develop the business and life I want.
4. I think your outlook in regard to the challenges you’ve faced is something we all can learn from! Do you have any other advice for female entrepreneurs just starting out in business?
Know your market and know how to communicate with your market. Ultimately people buy from people, regardless of the sector, so invest in and nurture those relationships.
Know your worth and don’t be afraid to put yourself forward and ask for something or the opportunity.
Take some time to define and clarify your business offering, it needs to solve a problem that your target clients are experiencing. If you’re not sure what issues are keeping them up at night, do some research and find out.
5. Thanks Monica, lastly, why were you drawn to the campaign, can you offer a comment on why you think it's important?
Having a visibility of a range of role models makes a difference and helps to dispel myths. It’s important that people see that business owners come from all walks of life. Shining a light on the range of women who own businesses is a great way to help do this.
I work in a male dominated sector and I studied a male dominated subject at university. When I started my business, a lot of the business support groups I initially encountered were also quite male dominated. So, I’m a keen supporter of initiatives that aim to aid inclusivity and be more reflective of the society we live in.