Katie Davies, a single parent to 3 children from Whiston, Knowsley decided back in 2012 to begin making changes in her life. Previously Katie had worked as a barmaid and waitress and spent time raising her young family. Katie told us; ‘I never really knew what I wanted as a career, but I always knew that I wanted to be successful and I wanted a job that I enjoyed doing. I decided to start a college course as Beauty Therapist, more out of general interest at first.’
But as soon as Katie began her studies, it was clear to her that she had found her passion! She completed her Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy at Knowsley Community College as with as her further studies at Riverside College. ‘I knew when I started studying straightaway that this was what I wanted to do as a profession’ and Katie found that she loved the science of the course mixed with the creativity of it; ‘It was my two passions rolled into one. So I knew early on when I was starting my Level 2 Beauty Therapy course that I was planning on being a Mobile Beauty Therapist.’

Once Katie had decided that she would be setting up her own business, she began to build her kit making sure she had everything that she would need to be a freelance. ‘I then heard about The Women’s Organisation and when I was in a position to launch I got in touch with them!’ and although Katie admits that she was nervous at first she soon got the ball rolling after she was paired up with Business Adviser; Francine Taylor. ‘The support I’ve been given has been amazing, and because of that my confidence grew massively and it didn’t feel so scary. It felt exciting!’

If like Katie you would like to access expert advice to start a business, contact the Enterprise Hub team on 0151 706 8111 or email enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk