Entrepreneur Adele Clark has cleaned up with her £5,000 grant, giving her the boost she needed to set up her own wheelie bin cleaning business.
The two-mum-off from Doncaster, South York, said: “It’s hard and dirty work but I can do it around running a school and providing for my family.
“I know a lot of people this may sound like a crap job but it’s my small business and I’m proud of it.
“I can only work a few hours a day but those hours make me very proud because I’m doing it all myself.”
Adele, 38, was dealing with an old van that had driven more than 200,000 miles and needed frequent repairs.
It finally went to Kaput three weeks before Grant’s arrival.
Adele said: “I’ve been able to buy a new van and a new power washer, so it’s been a big help.
“I’m going to get some signs to put on the sides and I’ve bought some leaflets and I’ll start leaflets for the summer and really move on.”
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Will and Eoin Duggan, from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, dreamed of running a mobile bar at outdoor events.
So when the first lockdown gave them both a break, they decided to start the business. He found an old horse box for sale and finished it.
Will, 24, and Eoin, 26, have booked weddings and are aiming to expand. Will said: “Sun Grant is brilliant.”
Azer, a 38-year-old computer specialist from Huddersfield, West York, is working on a mobile app to connect blind people to an online multiplayer text-only game.
Azer, bedridden and preparing for spine surgery, has bought himself a new MacBook to replace his ten-year-old computer.
He added: “To use something better and modern is a huge improvement for me.”
Ruby, 19, set up her jewelery business while studying for her GCSE and soon sold over 1,000 items worldwide.
The ornaments, custom-designed by the clients, are made from scratch from the bedroom desk in Bristol where she used to do her homework.
Grant lets him buy more materials and equipment to sell at the pop-up market stalls.
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Emma, 36, from West Lothian, said: “We are in the process of implementing a new customer relationship management system to increase our efficiency and this grant has been really useful.”
Georgia, 27, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, lost her travel job during Covid but started making non-toxic, biodegradable cleaners – “like a bath bomb for loos”.
Thanks to the grant, she can move to new premises with larger molds for mass production. Georgia said: “It’s a big step forward.”
Joy Wakefield grew up in a single-parent family in West York – an area with one of the UK’s lowest rates of social mobility.
The 24-year-old founded the Zero Gravity social media platform to connect low-income students with university mentors.
He says: “We signed 1,000 mentors in the first year and then doubled that to 2,000. Now we can double that again.”