Alex returns to some of the businesses she first helped over a year ago, catching up on their struggles since she left and discovering whether they have managed to turn things around while still battling the harshest economic conditions in living memory.
In this episode, she returns to Denver Mill - a mill, bakery and café business in Norfolk - and Courtyard Bridal Wear in Kettering. At both places their dreams had turned into nightmares, perhaps not surprisingly given the poor handle on finances these two families showed.
At Denver Mill, Alex suggesting adding value to their products by creating luxury hampers and giving their brand a complete makeover so that they are actually shouting about what they do best. Finally, as the business is slowly pulled together, Alex gets them to relaunch to the public with a farmer's market that shouts about them as a local artisan venue and supplier. But when we return have they continued to build on Alex's advice or have the wheels come off? The biggest news is that the landlord of the Mill has decided to put the building up for sale, which could force them out.
At Courtyard Bridal Wear, the shop was shabby and the place was stuffed full of bridal gowns that were just gathering dust. Alex forced them to rethink whether piling the place full of unpopular dresses was a smart move or whether they needed a dramatic clearout. The place was given a major makeover and the girls were taught some business basics, relaunching the shop with a new look, new dresses and a new name.
When we return, will they have built on these building blocks?