“My business adviser quoted me a piece and it was perfect for what BRIDGES offer; 'We won’t walk in front, as you may not follow, we won’t walk behind as you may not lead, we will walk beside you and support you each step of the way'”

Jamie is a 27 year old gentleman, who lives in rented accommodation with his partner and two young children. Jamie was last in employment 5 months ago in retail, however due to mental health issues, Jamie left his position. He has found it difficult in the past to engage with people due his lack of self-esteem and lack of confidence in becoming self-employed.

James was referred to Access to Business from the N.H.S Job Club, where he went to seek advice after speaking with the Jobcentre. Jamie explained to them that he had a keen interest in making personal craft items for children, families and weddings.

Jamie then met with a BRIDGES team member at an outreach appointment and he stated that he wanted to work for himself and explained what his barriers were. Jamie’s plan was to sell his gifts over the internet and then gain confidence to start selling at school fetes and markets.

Over time BRIDGES staff met with Jamie in a community setting and completed various bespoke workshops that explained business planning, marketing and finance. This was followed by further outreach appointments to discuss and review his business plan.

Jamie is now at the point, following BRIDGES support and his new found self-belief, where he is about to go onto New Enterprise Allowance and become self-employed.