This month we spoke to Dominika Kolarova about her rock climbing company based in the Peak District.
Hi Dominika! Tell us about your business
We offer Rock Climbing courses and sessions for kids and adults of all abilities in the Peak District National Park. We aim to give everyone a positive experience of rock climbing and facilitate safe and empowering sessions.
What particular challenges did you have to overcome in setting up your business, and since then?
Climbing and Mountaineering is still a very male dominated environment. There are a lot more male than female instructors and even less female run businesses in the industry. The hardest thing I suppose was just battling with my own self confidence.
It was scary to enter the profession but it has been the best decision I have made. My current challenge is distinguising myself from competitors. I try to combat that by ensuring quality and not quantity with everything that we do.
How does Pandle fit in?
Pandle has literally changed the way I keep track of my finances. Forget old fashioned spread sheets that took me hours to fill in! The software saves me time which is one of the most valuable asset for a small business.
It is very easy to use and gives me a good overview of where my business is at each month. The staff are really helpful when I have questions too. I am really happy that my accountant has recommended Pandle.
What do you have planned for your business in the future?
My plan is to bring rock climbing to as many different people as possible and make it accessible. I would like to see more women taking part and work with other businesses.
Climbing can be a fantastic way to fundraise for charities or give staff a truly unforgettable team building experience.