Bexley-born Jo Malone awarded a CBE

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 June 2018

Jo Malone has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Jo Malone has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire


Entrepreneur Jo Malone has urged business people never to quit on a bad day at the office, revealing she cried when she received the news of her latest honour, having just lost a pitch.

The 54-year-old, who grew up on a council estate in Bexleyheath and left school at 15 without qualifications, said she was proud to be among the “amazing” recipients in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ms Malone, who had already been made an MBE, this year receives a CBE for services to the British economy and the GREAT Britain campaign.

Despite huge success with her eponymous fragrance brand, which she sold to Estee Lauder, she admitted starting up her latest business Jo Loves was “tough”.

“I wanted to quit, I have to say, nearly every day for a year,” she said.

Ms Malone, who successfully battled cancer, advised others struggling in business not to give up.

She said: “Never, ever quit on a bad day.

“There’s always moments in all our lives, especially in businesses, where you plan for something and it doesn’t quite work out your way and you have to rethink and re-strategise.

“And sometimes that can be emotionally very draining but you never, ever quit on a bad day because often the landscape can change as mine did, as I opened that letter and suddenly realised that the world was much bigger, and you would make a very different call when the landscape is slightly different.”

Ms Malone said she “sat with the dog and had a cry” after getting the news, adding that she did not win the pitch, the nature of which she declined to reveal.

Being honoured in the 100th anniversary year of suffrage is especially significant, she added.

“I’d love to think that all those women through history, that very first year from the suffragettes and fighting for the vote, would be really proud to see so many women on the honours list today.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Controversial plans to open an African restaurant for 18 hours a day next to retirement homes have been refused by councillors.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Welling church was delighted to present representatives from the emergency services with cheques totalling an amazing £6,054 after its annual teddy bear charity appeal.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Following the incredible sell-out stage success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the number one best-selling author Peter James is back with a spine-tingling new world premiere play, The House On Cold Hill, coming to the Orchard Theatre in January.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A police officer based in Bexley has been served a final warning after he allegedly placed a man in a choke hold during a fight.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bexley’s NHS services will receive more than £900,000 of extra funding this winter to help alleviate growing pressures on our hospitals, the Department for Health announced yesterday (Wednesday, October 17).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People who live, work and travel across Kent, Thurrock, Essex and beyond are being invited to shape plans for Britain’s biggest road tunnel as Highways England hostrf the first of 60 public engagement events on the multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing project this week (Tuesday 16 October).

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24