Enterprise Hub supports launch of a new make up academy

“Everyone Should Be Able To Do What They Love…And Now I Do!’ - Jane Clappison; The Make Up Academy”

Jane Clappison is a professional make-up artist who has been working in the industry for the past fifteen years, in areas such as film and television, to make up counters and college.  But in 2016 she  turned her hand to another area of the industry and started her own training centre; The Make Up Academy, with the help of the Enterprise Hub.

She always had a dream of starting her own academy, but it wasn’t until last year that she decided to finally go for it; 

We all know starting a business can be terrifying, and Jane certainly felt apprehension towards the leap she was about to make, but getting in touch with Enterprise Hub partners, The Women’s Organisation was the first step that Jane took in her business journey.

‘I got in touch with The Women’s Organisation online and they got in touch the very next day. They set me up a meeting with Huda, who became my Business Adviser. I don’t think I could have made my dream a reality without her help and support, and it certainly wouldn’t have happened as quickly!’

Jane would have to be determined as an important change was happening in her life. As she had given up her job, she faced a barrier of financial insecurity to overcome; 

‘I had given up a full-time job where I’d been used to receiving a steady income for the past 12 years, so to go from that to nothing was difficult, worrying and stressful! But thankfully I had some financial support from my family, which I am extremely lucky and grateful to have.’

The practicalities of running a business where the next barrier that Jane faced, but with the vital support of Huda, she found this easy to navigate. As a new entrepreneur who hadn’t run a business before, everything was new to Jane and the support she had from Huda was crucial.

‘Huda went through the various steps that I would need to take to legally register my business, and helped me look at tax, insurance, cashflow and health and safety. She helped put it into an order that felt achievable and not like an unknown mountain of work!’

The Make Up Academy launched in October 2016 setting up in the heart of Liverpool City Centre on the fourth floor of the City Buildings on Old Hall Street. It is from here Jane runs increasingly popular Level 2 and Level 3 make up courses, both of which are fully accredited by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

After a full year in business, Jane can now begin to reap the benefits of being self-employed which is fantastic for her and suits her lifestyle; ‘The best thing about running my own business is being in complete control of it, doing it the way I want to do it and not being tied to the daily grind of 9 to 5. I feel a lot more in control of my work/life balance now.’

Starting her own business has been a massive learning curve for Jane and she has had to overcome many barriers, but she has faced them all head on.

Jane told us; ‘I’m not the most confident of people, so to do this has been quite a challenge and stressful at times, but I’ve had the most amazing support from my family and friends, and I really believe in what I’m doing.’

 ‘Huda and The Women’s Organisation have been brilliant, Huda was so supportive but also firm!’

 

If you've been inspired by Jane's story and would like our support to turn your business dream into a reality - get in touch with the Enterprise Hub today

Email enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk.