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Massage therapy for local community with support from Start & Grow

My application was approved quickly and I received my funding almost immediately Jody Dennett, Flex Therapy

Having grown up in Highampton, a small village near Bude, Jody Dennett moved back home from London after struggling to find consistent work. She found a job in her home town and enrolled onto a sports massage course whilst in full-time employment.

Jody is now certified in both VTCT Level 3 and 4 in Sports Massage Therapy with a CYQ Level 2 in Gym and Fitness Instructing. Jody wanted to help her local community by providing massage therapy services.  She had a great vision for her business, but without previous experience she didn’t know where to start – she was unsure how to write an investment ready business plan and really needed one as she was relying on funding to launch her business.

The Start & Grow programme assisted Jody with every aspect of setting up and launching her business. Her Business West business advisor worked closely with Jody to create the robust business plan she needed, and further assisted her with the funding application.  “The support of my two mentors has been invaluable.” said Jody.  “The programme has surpassed my expectations”

As a result, Jody successfully received a £5,000 start-up loan from Virgin StartUp, which enabled her to pay for a website, merchandise, and branded equipment. She has also received on-going support from her dedicated business adviser and has taken advantage of networking opportunities via her free Chamber membership.

Jody Dennett id a client of Business West, delivering business support in the South West of England.  Under the Start & Grow programme Jody has so far received 40 hours of support and attended 3 training days.  Flex Therapy has leveraged £5,500 in finance and has created one

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