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Clients: Rebecca Lloyd

Job Centre: Port Talbot

Business Advisor: Tammy Fraser

Business Name: Mrs makeover

I was unemployed for a few years due to unforeseen circumstances. After applying for Universal Credit in 2018, I realised there was not enough money to pay my rent and bills, let alone buy myself food. I was plummeted under the Poverty Line and in a desperate situation.

My work coach at the Job Centre referred me to New Enterprise Allowance to explore self employment. I took relevant courses at the Business Centre, to help me learn what was involved in being Self Employed and setting up a business as a Painter and Decorator.

I have a passion for painting and decorating. This I get from my Mother as from a young age, I always remember seeing my mother painting and wallpapering. She always did her own decorating, but also for other friends and family too. I would often sit and watch her curiously whilst she decorated and realised how skilled she was, especially with wallpapering. I would watch intently how she seemed to effortlessly hang each sheet of paper, and I noticed how she would get the paper around corners, window frames and electrical sockets, so neatly. I realised I could offer something different as painting and decorating is a male dominated industry and some people would prefer a woman to do the work.

I am a Mum with 2 daughters age 21 and 16 years and it was very hard trying to get set up, as a lack of money meant I had to purchase relevant tools gradually and build them up over time. I am still continuously adding to my tools. I had a Start Up Grant, which the Business Centre helped me with. I also had good practical help and advice from Tammy Fraser my NEA Advisor on setting up and running a business, and Tammy also got me signed up for the Enterprise Allowance, which has been a great help, helping me to purchase tools, fuel to run my car and consumables. Without the support and encouragement I have received, I am not sure I would have been brave enough to start up.

I finally registered for Self Employment in March 2019. I have worked really hard to change my financial situation, and to make the business work. I absolutely love what I do, it's hard work but I am able to work and support myself doing a job I love.

I won the "Prime Cymru's New Business 2019 Award" I and was invited to Prince Charles residence in Llwynywernod, to be presented the award by His Royal Highness on 3rd July 2019. It was a wonderful day, and a day I will never forget.

I feel the Business is going well, and I currently have work booked in my diary for several months which is unbelievable. I'm so happy that I have had the opportunity to work hard to change my situation and grateful to every organisation that's helped make it possible.

Award winning company with award winning staff

Business Sense Associates Ltd. Ltd Company number 08636013

Registered Office : The Business Centre, 1-5 Peniel Green Rd, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9AP