Case study

Wendy Bourgeois



After losing her job, Wendy had an uncertain future

She now runs her own business

Losing your job doesn't always mean the end of your career

It can be the spark needed to start something completely different

Wendy Bourgeois’ ‘Old & Crafty’ shop in Plymouth opened in 2011, selling her own handmade gifts as well as items made by many other crafters from across Devon.

Wendy, who sells lots of different items like baby clothes, soft toys, bags, jewellery and novelty gifts, was helped in her entrepreneurial quest by our Enterprise Coaching scheme, which helps people realise their self-employment dreams.

She also runs knitting and crochet workshops and says that the support has been great, from the public as well as Working Links.

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