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The Making Changes for Careers Programme, through the Youth Enterprise Initiative, assists young people to turn their ideas into businesses. Please see below two excellent examples from the MC4C team.

For further information on the MC4C programme please contact Helen Robinson on 01482 616219 or

Read more about 22 enterprising young people who have benefited from the programme here: Young Entrepreneurs Who’s Who

Leah Ariss came to MC4C with her idea for starting her own cleaning business.  She attended the Big 13 skills Enterprise skills and Business skills sessions provided as part of the programme and worked with her personal business advisor to produce a business plan and develop her social media platforms. Her business plan was presented for approval and she was granted a Test Market Grant from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank (JCYEB) to help with the set-up of her business.

Leah has already built up a regular client list of loyal customers and actively promotes her services on her Social Media platforms.  Leah offers a personal and bespoke service and meets every new client in person at their home. You can follow her or find out more on her Facebook page @amethystcleaningco or, to read the full story, read the Amethyst Cleaning case study here: Case study Leah Ariss

Beth Shepherdson and Becca Pettman’s journey began by making unique clothes and accessories for their own children. Slowly, friends and family started asking them to make items for them and the idea for the business was born.  Beth was recommended to contact MC4C by a former participant and she in turn told Becca about the programme.  They both attended The Big 13 Enterprise skills and Business skills sessions and this gave them the confidence to register with HMRC as a business, with support from their personal business adviser.  They were able to purchase promotional items to help with their start-up costs and were supported by the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank with a grant to buy equipment and the business insurance they needed to become self-employed.

To read the full story, please click on the link; Gray’s Boutique Case Study here: Gray’s boutique

You can also find out more and follow Gray’s Boutique on social media on Facebook here and Instagram at @graysboutique1.