After being out of work for a few years due to ill health, Janet registered at the Job Centre for support. She had previously owned a restaurant during which time her passion for food led her to blend and make her own spices and sauces. These proved so popular with customers that they started buying her spices and sauces to take home with them. This gave her the inspiration to start her own new business, Ena Pa.
Her job centre advisor referred her to Blue Orchid who deliver the New Enterprise Allowance programme in Merseyside, who were able to support Janet to structure her business idea into a solid business plan, look at her sales forecasts in the first year and most importantly find the much-required start-up capital required to get her business going.
Fast forward to now, and having completed the mentoring programme, Janet is very positive about her new business venture and feels like she has her own destiny in her hands as she starts looking at supplying her delicious products
“The New Enterprise Allowance scheme is a wonderful programme for people like me with little financial means. The NEA has enabled me to go into self-employment and concentrate on my new business without having to sign on.”
“My Blue Orchid Business Mentor helped me to get a grant from Remploy towards material costs and a loan from Newable to help me support my business at the beginning.”
“Most importantly, the Business Mentor took away my anxiety for the future allowing me to fully concentrate on my business.”
Janet goes on to say:
“Ena Pa offers home-made African and Caribbean spices and sauces along with healthy snacks using, wherever possible, lots of regional and local-grown products. I sell my products at markets throughout the North West. “