Posted on March 23 2016
This week's Wednesday Woman is Coral Golding, co-founder of 42 Juice, Brighton's first 100% organic raw, cold-pressed juice bar .
Bardega: Can you tell us about yourself,what you were like growing up and what you did before starting up your company?
Coral Golding: Growing up, I was always interested in nutrition and exercise. My dad had been macrobiotic for years and started taking me to yoga classes at a young age. Before we started 42 Juice I traveled to India to study yoga, nutrition and Ayurveda. The following year I fell pregnant with my daughter and then became a full time mummy.
Bardega: What led you to start up 42 juice with your Co-founder Natalie and how did you go about setting it up?
Golding: We started 42 Juice because a few years earlier my brother Gus (Natalie's fiancé) fell seriously ill and was in hospital for several months. We found his health drastically improved through diet and juicing and he was able to drop a lot of his medication. Natalie and I then went on the game show 'The Million Pound Drop' and were fortunate enough to win a sum of money which amazingly enabled us to start our 42 Juice journey.
Bardega: Starting a business can be very daunting, what have been the biggest lessons you have learnt in your first year and what advice would you give to other women wanting to start their own business?
Golding: Starting 42 Juice took a lot of hard work for sure. I was fortunate enough to have the support of my mum to help look after Ava so much of the time. Every time we hit a hurdle we would genuinely question whether it was all worth it... Then we would remember the reason behind why we were doing it and our intentions.
We would try and laugh through the hard times and pull each other through. Natalie is one of the hardest working people I know and I am so grateful that we did this together; having a partner makes it so much fun too!
Advice that I would give to someone thinking of starting their own business would be to never underestimate the power of visualisation. We honestly saw where we wanted to be and had the same, clear vision - upon reflection, we sometimes can't quite believe how it materialised! So I would say write down your goals with clarity and have genuine belief that you will achieve... Because you will.
Bardega: What’s next for you and 42 Juice?
Golding: We really want to expand the brand, to not just juices, but a whole 42 lifestyle with healing supplements and natural products and we want to write a book.
Bardega: How do you manage your time to balance between running a business and family life?
Golding: Finding balance with a business and family was difficult when we were setting up 42 and I used to feel really guilty that I wasn't spending enough time with my daughter Ava. But now that it's all up and running, I make sure that the days that I have with my daughter are not taken for granted and I appreciate every minute (apart from when she's having a tantrum!). Sometimes I think that being a mum is more challenging and the days that I am work are the break!
Bardega: What/who inspires you?
Golding: Seeing acts of compassion and kindness inspire me the most. The feeling of love stays with me the longest and reminds me what life is all about.
Bardega: Finally, what advice, if any, would you give a younger Coral ?
Golding: If I could, I would of advised a younger Coral to travel the world more while she had the time and the freedom. To not take things so seriously, as none of it really matters now. And finally to not drink fizzy diet drinks for sure - if only I knew then what I know now!!