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Sallyanne Metcalf – Vanity Fur

Following a period of ill health, Sallyanne took the life-changing decision to leave a 20-year career in HR to focus on her recuperation. This ‘time-out’ allowed Sallyanne to do some valuable soul-searching, to decide on a career that would not impact on her health, and would also be profitable and enjoyable.

Sallyanne looked towards her passion for dogs and, after some extensive research, decided to become a professionally qualified dog groomer.

“I really enjoyed the process of qualifying as a dog groomer, but definitely needed some business advice to make it profitable!” says Sallyanne. “My friend recommended the free start-up support at Outset Torbay and I went on to join the Business Start-up workshops in Torquay.”

The programme of group workshops combined with one-to-one coaching sessions helped Sallyanne to build her confidence and develop her business ideas and skills.

“The Outset programme has made me look at aspects of my business I hadn’t previously considered, especially the personal survival budget, which has been vital in my planning. My advisor, Julie, has been such a fantastic source of help during the course and beyond, motivating me and keeping me on track!”

Sallyanne has now launched her business called Vanity Fur; a dog grooming service offering the ‘full works’ including grooming to breed standards, health checks, microchipping, and unlimited quality advice and guidance. She is fully qualified and a member of the Pet Care Trust and British Dog Groomers’ Association.

“I feel really confident in my business and I enjoy my job! I am working towards Vanity Fur becoming a success, providing me with an income and gaining a great reputation in the Bay. My goal is to build the business to the stage where I can employ local people.”

For more information on Vanity Fur call Sallyanne Metcalfe on 07964 355311 or visit www.facebook.com/VanityFurTorquay

Outset Torbay has been funded by the ERDF Competitiveness and Employment programme, South West Regional Development Agency and Torbay Development Agency which invests in activities that will have a long-term impact on the growth and development of the local economy.

For more information on how Outset Torbay could help you develop your business idea into a reality, please call us on 0800 032 2905, email us on info@outsettorbay.co.uk or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk