ALMOND CARE

Q: What motivated you to start your own business?
I qualified as a registered nurse in 2003 and worked in the profession, both in the NHS and private sector, in A&E, adult and paediatric intensive care units, gynaecology and general medical and surgical wards. I also worked in the community looking after children and adults with spinal injury, brain injury and those who required long term ventilation. Following a traumatic time in intensive care as a patient myself, made me see things from a totally different perspective. I wanted to provide a care service in the community that enabled people to live fulfilling lives.

Q: What were the ups and downs when trying to set up your business?
Cashflow constraints, recruiting people who had the right attitude towards caring for others. On a positive note I was really pleased to be delivering a person centred service.

Q: Why did you access financial support through CWRT?
I had tried the banks but they were not very helpful so I turned to CWRT for help.

Q: How has the loan provided helped you?
The £15,000 loan helped me with the initial set up costs and employing an assistant.

Q: Going forward?
Care workers need not only a supportive manner, but if they are to do their job to the best of their ability, they also have to know how to deal with complex illness.

With that added responsibility comes the need for training.

I have a passion for communication and teaching which is why we are working with local colleges to assist care workers in completing QCF Level 2  and 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Q: Are there any top tips that you would like to share with others thinking about starting or growing their own business?
Do your research and be prepared for the unexpected. Make sure you are setting up a business for the right reasons because this will help you when you are going through difficult times and finally it goes without saying ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’.