A fledgling businesswoman determined to get back into work after years as a full-time carer and mum has encouraged others to follow in her footsteps.
Tanya Goodwin, from Maidenhead, has launched a business bringing a woman's touch to the traditional 'man with van' service after seeing a gap in the market and said, with the right mentoring and support, people can get their ideas off the ground even if they think they lack the training or resources.
The 44-year-old had spent years caring for her mother, Kathleen, who had dementia, and bringing up her daughter, Chelsea, as a single mother but after Kathleen passed away in October and with Chelsea now grown-up, Tanya decided it was time to get back into work.
In January, the Penyston Road resident secured a place on Housing Solution's Strive business start-up course, a 12-week programme which offers mentoring and advice to unemployed people looking to start their own business, and also received the help of Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce in getting her Lady & Van business running.
Tanya, who will take on her first job next week, said: "There was a big void. I needed to do something. My daughter had grown up, my mum had gone.
"It's been a life saver. I thought, let's start a new business and make mum proud."
She added: "People have got to realise they can do it even if it's a little idea. Follow your dream.
"I hadn't had any training before. I just had that idea."
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