"Launching a new business is challenging and this initiative is a way of removing some of the barriers which may hinder young people from taking that initial step."
Shelby Calver, 28 from Braintree, is launching Clippin Gorgeous, a dog grooming business, with the help of a grant from Braintree District Council.
Last month, Shelby was awarded a £3,000 grant from the Young Entrepreneur Programme to help kick-start the business.
The new business soon to be established in Silver End will offer professional dog grooming services which include full grooms, bath and blow-dries, nail clipping, ultrasonic teeth cleaning as well as a general health check. The retail shop will also stock pet supplies such as natural dog treats and enrichment toys.
Shelby Calver, owner of Clippin Gorgeous, said: “I will build my client base and reputation to begin with, but once up and running I hope to educate and support students graduating from Writtle University College to become dog grooming specialists with the aim of employing them longer term.”
This grant will allow Clippin Gorgeous to buy dog grooming equipment such a table and dryer. Some of the money will also go towards paying rent for the first few months.
The new shop in Silver End will open next month.
Shelby is a qualified dog groomer with big ambitions and once established her goal is to open up more shops.
Cllr Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Braintree District Council, said: “We want to help young, ambitious and talented entrepreneurs achieve their goals and reach their potential. Launching a new business is challenging and this initiative is a way of removing some of the barriers which may hinder young people from taking that initial step. Supporting new businesses and getting them off the ground encourages business growth, adds to the local economy and is good for our communities.”
The Young Entrepreneur Programme is part of a wider drive to grow the local economy and create jobs.
The scheme is open to those aged between 16 - 30 and aims to inspire young individuals to use their talents for enterprise.
Grants between £500 and £3,000 are available to support start-up costs such as training courses, stock and digital equipment.
Applicants can apply online by submitting a three-minute video detailing their business idea and it’s potential.
Budding young entrepreneurs should visit www.braintree.gov.uk/yep for the full details.