DIANE IZZO: SHE’S THE BUSINESS

Diane Izzo’s idea to start her business came occurred when she was overseas and came across a Terranova outlet. It seemed like the right type of clothing brand for Malta. She then quickly got in touch with the company and arranged to visit them to discuss the possibility of operating a franchise locally. She believes she was right in her judgement, as since then, they’ve had the pleasure of experiencing continuous growth in the sector.

Image credit: Brian Grech

 

Date of Birth: 9th August, 1977

Location: Sliema

Star Sign: Leo

Occupation: Business woman

 

To what or to whom do you attribute your success?

I truly believe that it was my grandfather who had inspired me to become a business woman. My father was also instrumental, as it was he who had helped me financially to start the business over sixteen years ago.

What are your responsibilities as the business owner?

My responsibilities are threefold. I must firstly lead by example and work hard, because every business requires the necessary attention and contribution at all times. Secondly, I must create the right working environment for all my colleagues, as we must always remember that we’re here to deliver the very best to our clients. Finally, I ensure that the business continues to grow in order to guarantee a return on investment to those who’ve shown faith in the DIZZ Group.

Image credit: Brian Grech

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

My advice would be to remain focused, believe in what you’re doing and enjoy the moment. Profits are great, but they must remain only a part of the joy of doing whatever you do.

Can you talk us through a typical day in your life?

My typical day is a rather early wake-up call in order to get prepared for my commitments and the appointments I have in my schedule. Going to Head Office and spending the first hour on short updates with my closest collaborators is crucial, as through this, I know for certain that everyone is focused on their tasks. I usually try to visit a number of outlets just to feel the business running as it should. Incredibly enough, more than half the day has gone by before I know it. Nonetheless, I usually have good days, and after the final meetings in the office, I would try and get home to spend some time with my son and husband. I sometimes reflect that I should find more time for this, but it’s truly not always possible. I’ve promised myself to make up for these really busy years further on in life to ensure that I never look back with any regrets.