Category Archives: IM4S Business Ideas Case Studies

IM4S Training for Female Entrepreneurs Returns to Colchester

Would you like to work for yourself but don’t have the first idea of how to run a business? Maybe you have an unfulfilled ambition to open a dance school and need to know what steps to take. Or it could be a bookshop, plumbing service or cabinet makers. If you have the skills and […]

Sandrine Henry de Hassonville – No Secrets Cosmetics

Sandrine Henry de Hassonville, Saffron Walden No Secrets Cosmetics – “Handmade by you… Naturally!” Why did you decide to start your business?   “Ever since I completed my PhD in Pharmacy, I had the desire to start a business in cosmetics. Having two children at that time, I moved into teaching, allowing me to spend […]

Shannon May Hall – Shannon May Art

Shannon May Hall, Colchester Shannon May Art – Quirky Designs for the Colouring Inclined Why did you decide to start your business?   “I’ve been helping other companies with their own branding as a graphic designer for years, and I thought to myself, “You know what? I should use those skills to make my own […]

Sophie Skipper – Sophie Skipper Photography

Sophie Skipper, Great Horkesley Sophie Skipper Photography Why did you decide to start your business?   “I’m a creative person who loves change. Working a 9-5 job, even as a photographer, just wasn’t for me. I craved to wake up every day to something different and exciting. I love the feeling of endless opportunity when […]

Kate Cox – Border Designs

Kate Cox, Colchester Border Designs – Bringing Life and Beauty to Your Garden Why did you decide to start your business?   “As a primary school teacher for 12 years gardening was my after work relaxation. As my interest in gardening grew, I took time out to study Horticulture at Writtle College then started my […]

Jen Thomas Photography

Jen Thomas, Colchester Jen Thomas Photography   Why did you decide to start your business?   “My son was diagnosed with autism in 2012, and I attended the Maze group parenting workshops where I met many other parents with additional needs children.   I have always enjoyed amateur photography and often took pictures of friends’ […]

Michelle Paterson – Transition Nutrition

Michelle Paterson, based in Colchester, providing Nutritional Therapy across Essex, Suffolk and online Transition Nutrition – Eat your way to happy! Why did you decide to start your business?   “I have had a keen interest in improving my own health & wellbeing for as long as I can remember and despite some irritating health […]

Jeanette Anderton – Quest Upholstery

Jeanette Anderton, Ardleigh Quest Upholstery – Your furniture…Unique to You   Why did you decide to start your business?   “I love interior design. I am constantly redecorating and restoring old furniture either back to its former beauty or putting a new spin on it to make it the focal point of a room. My first […]

Carol Hennahane – Cararty

CARARTY – Designer Made Glass Jewellery Why did you decide to start your business?   “Since achieving my Honours Degree in Art & Design, my passion has been designing and making Glass. I teach Stained Glass, Kiln-formed Glass and Jewellery making at Adult Community Learning Centres throughout North Essex. Learning about and creating with glass […]