Hayley Lawson of vintage clothing business Janet’s Attic was referred to the Manchester’s Rising Stars Grant Fund by her mentor at a Manchester Youth Market event earlier this year. Hayley had been been developing her business and brand at Janet’s Attic for 18 months, and travelling across Greater Manchester on public transport to find vintage clothing in charity shops which she can “upcycle”. Travelling on public transport meant that she was limited to the amount of stock she could buy on each trip. At the same time Hayley was working 2 part time jobs to fund personal and business expenses, meaning that she had very little time to devote to drive her business to the next level.

Hayley and her mentor applied to the Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund to request financial support towards learning to drive. Her business plan, supported by the Princes Trust, included the need to travel further and more efficiently to source a bigger range of stock. Hayley identified that by learning to drive, her budget could stretch to the cost of renting a car on a monthly basis to travel the UK to wholesalers, charity shops and auctions. Cutting travel times also frees up time to work on other areas of her business such as promotion and sales. Now with the driving qualification, Hayley can take the next steps up as one of our Rising Stars.

Dave Allen Prince’s Trust Mentor says:

 

“Hayley has a very strong business ethic, she has shown commitment to progressing her business, perseverance and consistency. The grant will significantly change Hayley’s situation and greatly benefit her business growth. I can’t thank you enough for the support you have given Hayley.”

Hayley says:

 

“Learning to drive has been great for my confidence. I had been afraid to learn to drive due to a past road accident and feeling I would never get behind the wheel. My fears have been lifted by working towards a new goal. In the long term, learning to drive provides a new skill that will ensure a smoother and more efficient running of my business. I am truly grateful.”