October 2017 Case Study: Leana Hughes – Counselling and Therapist

Having experienced her own personal trauma in her past, Leana used this to take control of her own decisions and this led her to decide a career in counselling was her future!

Having put herself through the industry training and qualifications, she then approached the Cheshire West and Chester Start up Programme for support in exploring self-employment as she had never started a business before.

Leana attended a Business Masterclass session which helped her understand the foundational knowledge of starting a business. She was then assigned a personal business advisor who assisted her to create a formalised business plan and spent time exploring and firming up her cash flow forecasts. Following this, her business advisor helped her access some start-up capital to assist with initial start-up costs and also put her in touch with the “Business Growth Programme” for further Growth Planning Support.

Leana has now started her business and the future looks bright. Ever ambitious Leana’s 10-year plan is to grow her business to a multi-disciplinary practise, which judging by her commitment, may be realised sooner rather than later.

New Business owner Leana says:

“I have been blown away by the support available via Cheshire West and Chester Start up Programme. It has shown me how to write a business plan and the Cashflow forecast, which has been quite illuminating”

“My business advisor has connected me with the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme where I received some very useful Masterclasses. She also assisted me in receiving a £250 grant to help me with start-up costs. What I find most valuable is that they are always available for me to come and see her if I have any questions. I feel supported and held while embarking on (what can be) an overwhelming experience.”

Leana goes on to say:

“What I equally found helpful is the events on offer. Where in the world can you receive such high level of support and this, for free? Almost unheard of!

I have already attended 2 such events.   I have the programme and the local Chambers to thank for their encouragement and true wisdom.”