Get the business started!
The credit crunch might be biting but it's not stopping enterprising entrepreneurs in Blackpool. Over 300 businesses have been launched in the resort over the last 18 months thanks to 'Get Started'.
'Get Started' advice service in Blackpool offers training, support and financial help to give businesses a kick start.
During Enterprise Week, BBC Radio Lancashire's Steve Becker talks to the new generation of Blackpool entrepreneurs who have set up businesses despite the credit crunch...
Singer/dancer Hayley Salisbury loves children so decided to set up her dream business - as a children's entertainer. She does themed parties such as Princess Parties.
She certainly take her work home with her - one of the rooms in her home filled to the brim with stuffed toys!
Craig Withers says he owes his business to the 'Get Started' grant which enabled him to advertise, buy a van and equipment to establish '1st Class Decor'.
Craig said: "If it wasn't for the funding money I wouldn't be here now."
While he admitted the initial first six months was hard, he said business is picking up and he is hoping to get a second van.
Debbie Hull is using her experience as an occupational therapist to set up 'Affinity Care', a home help service for patients with dementia.
She told Steve Becker that it's all about the personal touch and spending more time with the patient.
She said: "With the right support and the right environment people can be much more independent than I think they feel they can be."
John Anthoney was a fully qualified hairdresser and instead of working for someone wanted to see if he could cut it being the boss.
He opened the John Anthoney Hair Studio near the Central Library and he now has a waiting list of over a week for appointments.
Laura Volker found herself homeless after leaving the army at the age of 27. A local charity - the Ashley Foundation - helped turned her life round. She now runs her own glass jewellery business.
She tells Steve Becker during a workshop with the Ashley Foundation art group how she is determined to succeed even in the current economic climate.
Laura said: "I've worked really hard to get this far and I'm not going to give it up."
last updated: 21/11/2008 at 15:58
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