Sarah Heward

Director of Una Nannies and The Serviced Accommodation Company, Yarm

Sector: Care

After years as a self-employed nanny, Sarah Heward is now director of her own agency, Una Nannies, and The Serviced Accommodation Company. She says we “need more campaigns like this that highlight we are the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders”. 

Where do you call home? 

Home is family. Home is F1 Sundays with my dad and partner, often accompanied by Heineken (when I am not growing a child of course!) Home is my partner’s homemade lasagne, followed by a delicious dessert afterwards. Home is the place where I can get my head down and come up with weird and wonderful ideas on how my business can progress and grow – how we can inspire our nannies to want the same for both themselves and the company, to shape their futures. 

Tell us about your role?  

After many years of being a self-employed nanny, I finally decided to take the leap and set up nanny agency Una Nannies with my business partner, Dr Rachael Coates. I am currently on maternity leave (40 weeks pregnant while writing this application) from also being director of The Serviced Accommodation Company, operating across the whole of the UK. I take pride in telling people about my role of running two very successful small business which continue to grow each year. 

How did you get to where you are today? 

As someone who struggled to find direction, I was just “lucky” to find my feet in a job I loved and lucky enough to meet a fellow woman who also wanted to enforce change and had a passion for business. Based on our incredible friendship and working relationship, we want to make sure that the opportunity to enter a career within the childcare sector isn’t limited to primary school roles and nursery workers. 

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way? 

I’ve experienced first-hand being disregarded as a young person in business, and we need more campaigns like this that highlight we are the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders that will move things forward in the next 20-30 years! I have been rejected and turned down purely based on my age. Not being given a chance due to “lack of experience and knowledge”, however, only drove me forward more and motivated me to be even more successful. 

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success? 

I got the feel for success when UNA Nannies took on their first full-time family outside the Teesside area. Going from me on my own, nannying for Rachael, to having over 20 families registered and taking care across the UK is an immense feeling. All the hard work myself, Rachael and the team had put in finally felt worth it, so you can only imagine how we felt when we started to receive enquiries for London, York, Ripon, Aberdeen and even abroad holidays. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring young females? 

I don’t believe our young women have to be “lucky” to fall into the right career, if there are enough powerful women in Teesside willing to force change for them and provide them with great opportunities. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?  

Just go for it! If you have a passion for something, execute it. Do anything and everything you can in your power to drive that passion and make it a reality. If you are driven and motivated, no one can get in your way, no matter how many setbacks they try to throw at you. Things may take time but if you are willing to continue working hard, there will be a successful outcome. 

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?  

Gratitude, determination, persistence. 

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