After a career in education, Inverclyde based Angela Kershaw decided to take the leap and set up her own business providing training and HR services to SME’s and large organisations.
Angela, who previously worked for Scottish colleges including James Watt and Clydebank, wanted to make full use of the skills and experience she had amassed over the years to become her own boss at the age of 52.
With support from Business Gateway Inverclyde, Angela set up Milton Training last year and now helps companies across the country develop their people and become more profitable.
Angela said: “At first I couldn’t decide if setting up a business at 52 was madness or middle aged entrepreneurship but now after almost a year it’s definitely the latter. At Milton Training we have tailored our training and services to focus on business growth, performance management, people development and HR law. But we are also experts in sourcing funding for employers to allow their training budget to go that little bit further. This has really set us apart and our knowledge and skills has led to us working with companies in various sectors including Strathclyde University, Erskine Care Home, City of Glasgow College, Sportscotland and Loganair. We have specialist knowledge in certain sectors such as health and social care and engineering.
“I have received a huge amount of support from Business Gateway, both from my adviser and from the various workshops I attended. I found the workshops very useful as this was my first self-employed venture and it was great that that were local. I also used these as network opportunities and one of the people I met at a workshop designed my website.”
Milton Training have also forged links with the Business Development department within Glasgow City College to allow access to a wider range of funding for clients and that partnership will continue for the foreseeable future. Angela is also investing in on line learning methods of training to complement the current training techniques she offers.
Angela added: “I absolutely love being my own boss and enjoy the fact every day presents a new challenge as I aim to grow my company into one that clients consider to be a support for them to grow and improve their own organisations”
Alexis Watson of Business Gateway Inverclyde said: “Angela was going into business for the first time and our expert help allowed her to do so with the confidence and knowledge needed. Angela took advantage of many of our free services, from one-to-one advice on her business plan, company regulations and marketing, to going along to our workshops.”
Find out how Business Gateway Inverclyde can help your business by visiting their local page or calling 01475 778 465.
Outwith this area? Find your local Business Gateway office or call 0300 013 4753.
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