LOAN RANGER

HOW BE­ING TURNED DOWN BY THE BANKS BE­CAME A BLESS­ING IN DIS­GUISE FOR A BUSI­NESS START-UP…

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There are more sto­ries of peo­ple whose lives were trans­formed by eth­i­cal loan schemes this week in A Mat­ter Of Life And Debt. We chat­ted to Mar­ion Ay­lott, a nurse who changed ca­reers to set up a hy­drother­apy busi­ness for dogs, about her ex­pe­ri­ence…

“I was a big fan of The Ap­pren­tice, but I never ever thought I would be in­ter­ested in busi­ness!” she tells us. “But my dog Bilbo needed hy­drother­apy and I was get­ting quite frus­trated at work and it all sort of co­in­cided – I went on a course to do Bilbo’s hy­drother­apy my­self and thought, ‘I could do this and have a sec­ond ca­reer’. I started look­ing for loans, but I had no suc­cess with high-street banks at all. And then I came across South West In­vest­ment Group and thought, ‘Well, I’ll put in a busi­ness plan, I’ve got noth­ing to lose’.” Through her in­volve­ment with the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mar­ion was as­signed ex­pe­ri­enced men­tors who helped her to get a more pro­fes­sional per­spec­tive to hone her busi­ness plan and even­tu­ally make her ideas a re­al­ity.

“I think it was for­tu­itous that the banks turned me down,” she shares. “I was quite green in terms of start­ing or run­ning a busi­ness, and I wouldn’t have got that help oth­er­wise.”

Shower you feel­ing?: Dog­gie hy­drother­apy

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