Success Stories

From Microbiology to Childrenswear

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“It's taken a while to learn what my limits are.” When a new addition to Helen Yard's family meant she couldn't return to her job, she decided to create something of her own. It's involved a lot of late nights and unexpected twists, but she's learned a huge amount about what it takes to run a business and raise a family at the same time. This is how she did it.

From Marketing to Moving Worlds

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“I would just sit in some meetings and think about how little everything mattered.” Mark Horoszowski wasn't miserable at work, but he craved more purpose. After learning some important lessons about analysis paralysis, overconfidence and the power of community, he's now leading a business where everything he does has a positive impact on the world. This is his story.

From Accountant to Fair Trade Entrepreneur

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“I didn't like the way 'normal' businesses were run, nor people's values and attitudes within them, which just made me miserable.” Determined to find a more ethical way to work, Axel Steenberg and his wife launched their own Fair Trade business. Here's Axel's story, the mistakes he made, and the lessons he learned along the way.

From Spreadsheets to Healthy Drinks

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“When you make such a big change, things are always going to go wrong. That's just part of it.” Andy Sugden quit his corporate job to turn an innovative side-project into a business. Here's how he enlisted the help of others, overcame tight finances, and created a career he's proud of.

From Engineering to E-commerce

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“I enjoyed the work... but there wasn't really anything creative about my role. This was the missing link for me.” So Beth Elsdon braved some rocky financial times to set up an online craft marketplace – bringing what she loved into her career and getting the flexibility she was after. Here's how she did it.

From Snowboards to Baby Products

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“I didn't want to work for anyone else anymore. Also, I calculated the number of hours a year that I was spending commuting. It was insane!” Here's how Mark Harries launched out on his own, reclaimed his family time, and learned some tough lessons along the way.

From TV to Own Businesses

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“I've endured lots of late nights along the way, but it's been so worthwhile and rewarding.” When her role was made redundant, Sarah Best took the chance to strike out on her own. Now she runs a consultancy drawing on her previous experience, while also nurturing a more creative sideline business. Here, she shares how she's using a staged shift to finance where she wants to be long term.

From Operations to Start-up

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“I knew that I couldn't make the changes I wanted in my organisation, because I was a part of the problem...” Richard Freeman's role didn't harness his greatest skills, so he decided to create his own company. Now, he's doing all the bits of the job he used to love, with none of the restraints that drove him crazy. Here's how he made it happen.

From Office Worker to Digital Nomad

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“I'd been itching for years to break free... but I lacked the confidence to make the change.” A welcome redundancy finally gave Anna Moran the push she needed. Now, after six months of exploration, she's running her own organisation and using the world as her office. Here's her story.

From Books to Brands

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“The risk of stepping into the unknown is terrifying.” David Woods wasn't unhappy in his corporate role – he just needed work that gave him room to lead and to grow. So, he took a step into the unknown, joining a start-up with similar values that needed his expertise. Here's his story.

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