Misbah Khan spotted a gap in the market when it comes to private tuition. Misbah, from Walsall, noticed that there’s lots of support for children aged 11 and over but when it came to younger children there was nothing available in her area.

Struggling to find anywhere for her own daughter to get extra help, Misbah carried out some market research locally by talking to parents and schools and identified that there was a need for a private tuition service for children aged between one and seven.

Armed with this information she wrote a business plan and approached the job centre for further advice on how to progress her business idea. She attended various workshops and Little Bright Start Tuition was born.

She now works with a PeoplePlus advisor who offers a personalised support service. This has helped Misbah set up and run her business which offers help with reading, writing, phonics, problem solving and confidence building.

Thanks to this help Misbah has started delivering private tutoring to a couple of customers at the weekends but is looking to expand – that’s where YouCan comes in. She approached the foundation, which helps people start up and pursue bright ideas, and has recently been awarded a grant of £300. This will help her to buy more workbooks for the different age groups and will also pay for the printing of promotional leaflets that will be handed out to families, schools and nurseries in the Walsall area.

Watch this space to find out how she gets on.

If you have an idea that a £300 YouCan grant might be able to help with, please get in touch.