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Shelagh Picton Winner of Better Business Finance Business Start Up Award

Shelagh Picton Irene Graham Better Business Finance BBA MWOTY 2014

Shelagh first went on a fascinator workshop May 2012 and then other workshops with well know Milliners; one of these was Rose Cory who was Milliner to the late Queen Mother. What makes this a remarkable is that Shelagh has funded these courses with money her children had given her for her 70th birthday. Due to her age, Shelagh doesn’t qualify for any start-up funding and as a pensioner, didn’t have much spare money. She started her business about 3 months after her first course, then, went on to run workshops for beginners in August 2013. She is going to start running workshops for Abakhan in Liverpool and Mostyn in North Wales.

All monies made, she has put back into the business to buy hat blocks and materials and she gives talks in return for a donation for her chosen charity, which is McMillan Nurses. Her zest for life and enthusiasm for business as a Milliner is second to none and she uses her previous skills as a Therapist to make people feel at ease and this shows in the new work she gains on a daily basis. She is an amazing inspiration for women of more mature years, who is a go getter and is making a business difference in tough economic times, when others of her age range, would not even begin to bother.

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