PFC Southern – Making Dreams Come True

An Interview with Kirsty Dougherty

September 7th 2020

PFC Southern Ltd. are celebrating 20 years in business and have been based at the Portsmouth Technopole since 2019. They are recognised as a top builder in Hampshire providing clients with a wide range of contracting services for all their remodelling and repairing needs and specialising in HMO conversions and insurance work.

We caught up with Kirsty Dougherty, who joined the business as a Director in 2018.

What have been some of your favourite projects to date Kirsty? 

“My favourite transformation so far was a four-storey townhouse on the high street old Portsmouth. We really enjoyed reinvigorating it and bringing it back to life.”

“We are currently working on a refit at the historic Sally Port Inn in old Portsmouth, it is a really beautiful building with lots of history. We have been brought in to reclaim parts of the iconic building to build a bespoke bar and get the pub looking shipshape once more.

Sharing our work on Facebook has been a great success with people sharing memories of their first dates and the very special spiral staircase at the Sally Port Inn.”

Where do your clients tend to be based?

“We have completed shop fittings for clients such as Russell and Bromley as far afield as Scotland but we mainly work on projects along the South Coast of England.

In addition to her role at PFC Southern Kirsty runs also has a business as a travel agent called Travel Like never B4 where she books clients onto their dream holidays.

“Being able to work in both sectors for my own businesses is amazing and not having to work for someone else definitely motivates me to do more and get up in the morning. I love delighted customers from both sectors, whether its someone having a holiday of a lifetime or someone completing their dream home or premises – making dreams come true makes me really happy and motivated.”

What’s your best to someone wanting to follow in your footsteps? 

“I didn’t start either business until later in life as I thought I had to be employed for financial security to provide for my three daughters. Now more than ever we have seen that is not always the case, you are never too old to learn something new and have a successful new career – so if you have a dream go for it!”


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