Kate Percival, Founder, Grace Belgravia, Walpole Member
Grace Belgravia is London’s leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women built on the philosophy that to thrive in today’s society we need to invest in our greatest asset, our health.
As soon as you walk into the club, you have a sense of the unique power of Grace. Creating the blueprint for true health, the Club is led by a team of internationally recognised medical experts and therapists who can advise for every stage of your life. As such, preventative medicine and ageing well informs every aspect of Grace, from the integrated wellbeing and medical clinic to the spa retreat, gym and restaurant. There is also a dynamic events and networking calendar with a focus on arts, fashion, culture, current affairs, health and wellbeing.
“Setting up a business is not for the faint hearted and you have to have true grit! This is 24/7 commitment, 12-15 hours a day for a long time and whilst I have a great team around me, as for any entrepreneur, it is hard to let go. I know that I have to for the growth of the business and for my own health, and let a very capable management team now take the reins. The great thing is that I absolutely love what I am doing, Grace is probably the most interesting job I have ever had, with diversity in terms of the services we offer, the staff we employ and the critical fact we can actually make a positive difference to people’s lives. I still worry at night though that everything is being done right!”
In order to be a successful luxury entrepreneur what are three pieces of advice you would give?
Extraordinary attention to detail, we all know the devil is in the detail.
Anticipation – always planning ahead to make sure that our actions have the right positive impact or effect for the recipient.
Employing the highest levels of rigour and professionalism to deliver the best in everything you do, with integrity and depth of knowledge.
What are the most important lessons you have learned along your journey?
Every day you have to get up, with a smile and renewed energy and be positive and lead from the front. True grit and determination and strong emotional intelligence are essential skills.
What are the watch outs along the way?
The people around you. The success and growth of a business is hugely dependent upon employing the right staff and professional management team who you can trust will get the job done to the highest standard.
When you were starting out who was your biggest inspiration?
My first job was in the Chairman’s office of Lloyds of London. The PA to the three chairs was a high flying woman, which was rare in the City in 1978. She was a huge inspiration to me and gave me the confidence to realise that with hard work and determination there was no glass ceiling. She told me from the outset that “I should be going for her job!”.