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After financial strains put pressure on her family, Maria decided to try to start a business from home, but found accessing business training a barrier to her vision.
But because of free support from Increase VS – an employment and business start-up scheme run by Clarion Futures – Maria’s business is flourishing and on track to expand.
“We didn't have any savings, our family car caught fire, business training courses were out of my reach as they were costing a fortune, and I wanted to spend more time with my young children,” said Maria.
Maria’s business idea – inspired by her children – was to create Young & Learning, a child-friendly, eco-conscious company promoting young learning through educational toys.
Maria from Cambridge said: “I believed in my product but needed support with the business development and advice and guidance.”
“It was great finding Madeleine, a business advisor for the Increase VS project. With her free business advice and guidance, I was able to create the business I wanted. This has now given me quality time with my children and I see ideas becoming a reality. I launched in February 2019: and the business is on track. I can’t thank Madeleine enough for all her support through the Interreg Increase VS project.”
The Increase VS project provided Maria with a range of support that helped her:
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