Where are you based and what do you do?
I am based at home, in Bailbrook area of Bath. I am an independent safeguarding and child protection trainer. I have been working freelance for just over a year now. I go to companies and organisations and deliver child protection training to staff and volunteers. I do lots of work for South Glos LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children’s Board) where I work with taxi drivers, schools, the night time economy and the community and voluntary sector. I also have been working with parents and children within BANES delivering training/workshops about internet safety.
What inspired you to start your business?
I have always been in education (I’ve been a qualified teacher since 1998) and have worked in various schools and colleges in West Sussex and Bath. It was whilst I was in these education establishments that I developed the passion for safeguarding. 3 years ago I got a job with Barnardos in Bristol to train the night time economy to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation in both Bristol and South Gloucestershire. After 2 years the funding for this project was cut but South Glos wanted me to continue to work with them so I decided to go freelance and bid for various different projects that they wanted to run in the local authority. Luckily I was given this opportunity and the business has gone from strength to strength. I not only work with South Glos but also have connections with schools in BANES where I am developing a program to help both parents and children become safer online. I have started to deliver these sessions, and parents have found them not only interesting but also very informative and helpful in trying to keep their children safe. The session on digital citizenship that I have delivered to Yr 6 children was also very well received. They allowed the children to think about passwords, and what makes a strong password, about online permanence and about digital netiquette.
What do you love about running a business in Bath?
Having my own business is really rewarding. It can be difficult at times, trying to secure new projects, but I love the freedom it allows me with regards to my family and work life balance. Bath is an inspirational city and it is so lovely to be able to work form different establishments when home becomes a bit suffocating!
You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?
If I’m in town then I would probably go to Pret A Manger.
Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?
I love Boston Tea Party in Alfred Street. It’s lovely and airy and the food is great.
Which bar do you head to after a tough day?
I love a gin so the Canary Gin Bar is always a good place to pop to.
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?
Starting up your own business can be very frightening and daunting but I think that if you truly believe in your own ideas and have passion and drive then you should go for it. You only have one life and you should take every opportunity to make it the best life as possible. Believe in yourself.