College Course Inspires Dazzling Business
Date posted: 7 February 2011
An entrepreneurial student who has set up her own cleaning business in the Hope Valley credits her college course with giving her the skills and confidence to go it alone.
Sarah Ridgeway, aged 18, completed a BTEC National Diploma in Business at Buxton College in June last year and by August had launched her own domestic cleaning business, Dazzle with Sazzle. The business is now going strong with many regular clients and Sarah's only struggle is juggling the success of her business while continuing her studies at the University of Derby Buxton.
Sarah said: "I was working as a housekeeper and a carer to support my studies while at College, but after learning all about finance and completing a Starting a Small Business module I felt I could earn more money and use my skills in my own business.
"I got lots of support from my tutors, and guidance from Business Link and the HMRC on issues like marketing, insurance and accounting, and only a few weeks after starting up word had got around and the business had really taken off."
Despite this success Sarah decided to continue studying, and embarked on a degree in Events Management at the University of Derby Buxton last September 2010. Buxton is unique in that students can continue from Further Education into Higher Education courses at the same campus.
"I was encouraged by my tutors to continue studying, and Events Management is something I would like to work in in the future. I'm determined to continue working and building up Dazzle with Sazzle, so I'll be really busy over the next few years," added Sarah.