Five Minutes With...
Five Minutes With...

Five Minutes With...

Jeannie Barsam,
founder and CEO of Gifting Brands

Describe your business in one sentence.

Gifting Brands is a curated shopping experience that allows you to shop for your favourite luxury brands with the ability to give back to a charity of your choice.

What inspired you to start your own company?

Gifting Brands was inspired by my goal to help women, children and families. With my experience in retail, I know that most luxury companies don't have a sustainable solution to excess inventory at the end of the season.

Many brands were destroying their excess inventory, and to help counter this sustainability issue, I created Gifting Brands.
We accept excess inventory from luxury brands and sell them for a better cause. This way, consumers can make a more environmentally conscious purchase and also give back to a charity close to their heart.
What's the greatest lesson you've learned about being in business?

The greatest lesson I've learned about being in business is that a leader does not give up.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Starting a company is not quick or easy. Find great mentors and ask others for help. In my career, I have developed great relationships with people in the industry who I can turn to for help or advice.

How do you stay motivated after a setback?

You have to just keep going. Losing motivation after a setback only delays or pauses progress. Also, get involved in entrepreneur groups or founders organisations and surround yourself with people who understand the ups and downs and can help.

Where do you see your company in five years' time?

In five years, I'd love to see Gifting Brands grow. I want to grow our number of charity partners and brand partners. We love getting to partner with amazing companies and nonprofits to work together towards benefiting women and children in need. Our goal is to have donated over $5 million to charity in the next five years.

Want to tell us about your business?

Jeannie Barsam

“Find great mentors and ask others for help.”

Uk Office

111 Piccadilly, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2HY

Hours: Mon-Thur, 9:00AM-5:30PM. Fri, 9:00AM-5:00PM

Phone: 0161 638 0841


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