Susan from Wolverhampton spotted a gap in the market for hair and beauty services for older people who live in care homes in the area. Her mother currently lives in a large sheltered scheme and, during her visits, Susan noticed that there was a distinct lack of pampering available for the residents.

Susan said: “I’ve got my beauty certificates and really enjoy making people feel a bit spoilt and special – it’s good to feel nice about yourself. I asked around at the scheme where mum is living and got a fantastic response to my idea of starting a beauty treatment service.

“I’ve always fancied being self-employed and having my own business, but the only problem I had was finding the money to get started. My skills coach told me all about Business Enterprise Support and also how I could apply for up to £300 from the YouCan foundation – so I thought, why not?”

Susan applied for a grant of £300 which she plans to put towards covering the costs of an edge quick dip nail system, Attraction liquid and powder, an easy wax kit, nail varnishes, a hair dryer, straighteners and a heated roller kit – not forgetting the all-important public liability insurance. She plans to offer free hair, beauty, manicure and nail painting service to the older people in the many care homes in her local area, with a view to expanding and becoming self-employed in the future.

Susan said: “This grant will really help towards the costs of products and equipment to start up and last me through the first six to eight weeks until I build up my client base.”

If you have an idea that a £300 grant could help with, why not get in touch?