You might be forgiven for thinking it’s a bit clever of me to choose a business advisor who lives in the South of France that I can go and stay with in the sunshine while working on the business plan for Hibiscus…you’re damn right! The two nights I spent here were well worth it. We talked and talked and talked our way through and around every aspect of my vision for Hibiscus. My business advisor led me through a series of questions that helped me to conceptualise my new company and bring Hibiscus on a few more stages. As a creative I need help with financial planning, I have learnt by experience, believe me, that the wrong financial ‘advice’ can have dire consequences and it is my avowed intent to set this business up on firm foundations with a sensible plan that encompasses both the good and bad. The idea is for me to arrive at 2012 with my production underway plus an itinerary for sales that I can simply get on with and enjoy – I want to avoid making it up as I go along, I’m definitely not interested in operating in the fog. My business advisor and I were literally cross eyed from the concentration – two brains going at it hammer and tong on the verge of plot loss. With a sense of real achievement our working day ended (the pair of us virtually speechless) up we went to the blissful roof terrace and fell gratefully upon some chilled Provencal rosè. Ahhh.