A Denton mum of two has learnt all the skills she needs to start her own venture, after attending a business skills course for parents.
Debbie Prince, 34, went on the course organised by Tameside Council and is now looking to launch her own sewing enterprise.
She attended the Building Business Skills for Parents (BBSP) course at Greenside Children’s Centre in Droylsden, which has just been delivered for the second time.
The course was held for two days a week over a six week period and was completely free to attend. Travel and childcare expenses were also covered.
The BBSP initiative is a partnership project with the council’s Employment and Skills and Grow (Public Health Early Years) teams.
A package like BBSP can help people achieve their self-employment dreams in a realistic, ambitious and supported way.
Tameside Council worked with 11 local businesses and training providers to deliver sessions on topics ranging from paid advertising on social media, business tax, mental health and confidence.
This course plugs a gap in business skills training for parents. Typically, business skills on offer aren’t appropriate or accessible for people with childcare responsibilities and complex lives.
Before going on the course, Debbie thought it would be impossible to gain new skills as she is a full-time mum. She said: “I didn't have any prior business knowledge, so it was all a bit daunting at first with all the terminology that different people were using online in some of the sewing groups I'm on.
“The knowledge I have received from the workshops has given me the confidence to start up beginners demonstrations to show people new crafts. Also, I am able to manage my Facebook presence much better within my Haughton Green Craft Club.
“I haven’t started my sewing business yet, I’m doing market research now and definitely starting next year. A lot of people said that I should sell my own bags but I never thought it would be feasible to do so with having two kids under five. It’s because of all the information I received during the course that this is possible. I started with nothing, now I know I can do it.”
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council Executive Member for Economic Growth, Employment and Housing, said: “This course is an excellent and accessible opportunity for parents in Tameside. We deliver the training at a venue already known by the participants and have flexible training packages, while also offering to cover their travel and childcare expenses.
“Tameside Council is dedicated to giving parents the chance to develop their skills and it’s great we can work with local businesses to achieve this.
“Few, if any, local authorities offer a package like our Building Business Skills for Parents course. It can help people achieve their self-employment dreams in a realistic, ambitious and supported way.”