Coming on leaps and bounds
A SALTBURN couple who both lost their jobs when SSI UK closed have leapt into a new career, thanks to their daughter’s passion for ballet.
It seemed like the “end of the world” for Anne-Marie and John Tyler, when the family was dealt the devastating blow of losing TWO incomes in one go.
The couple had clocked up 17 years at the Redcar steelworks between them - but their redundancy turned out to be the “start of a new and exciting adventure”.
John set up a plastering business at first, but it was daughter Amelia’s love of dancing that gave him his lightbulb idea - portable “pro-stretch” equipment and ballet barres for use by dancers on the go.
Now the couple is manufacturing their products with a local engineering company, and has a growing base of customers.
Amelia, a budding ballerina who has won a scholarship to a Birmingham school, had complained there was a lack of good equipment for practising at home.
The “pro-stretch”, an adjustable mount for stretching muscles, was born - and interest from fellow dancers and a local dance shop soon followed.
Anne-Marie, 37, said: “The response to the pro stretch and ballet barres has been fantastic and I’m really pleased to be in a position to launch the website and reach a much wider customer base.
“It seemed like the end of the world when we both lost our jobs but it has been the start of a new and exciting adventure.”
Anne-Marie worked at SSI for more than 12 years in different departments including HR, records, facilities and the visitor centre while John, 44, worked for five years as a shift fitter engineer.