A back injury forced Lisa to leave her jobs. Following the treatment she decided she wouldn’t just take any job but would pursue her dream to become self-employed with PeoplePlus.

What a journey it’s been for Lisa since she was first referred to Alan, one of our Enterprise Advisors, in our Warrington branch.

How it started

Lisa had been working in retail for over 20 years when a back injury forced her to leave both her retail and government jobs. Following the treatment she decided she wouldn’t just take any job but would pursue her dream to become self-employed with our help. A lot of work has gone in from day one to get Lisa’s business to where it is today – Alan worked together with Lisa to help her put a business plan together, set up a website and give general guidance on running the business.

The opportunity

With the continuous support of her dedicated Enterprise Advisor things were off to a great start for Dream Designs 2000. However, Lisa had ambitious plans for her business and after attending an international event in Manchester where she made several new contacts, she was contracted to supply multi-faith wedding favours. Taking advantage of the gap in the market at the time, Lisa went on to supply unique products and designs for the British, Jewish, Asian, Chinese and Indian markets, all received with great feedback from her client communities.

Growing continuously

Lisa designs and copyrights all her work, highlighting the fact that her products are nothing like what customers can find on the high street and therefore brings a uniqueness and personalisation to all events. One of the most popular items in Lisa’s portfolio is the personalised chocolate bars, made with the best ingredients suitable for vegetarians and all gluten-free! With the solid training and ability to grasp the business and trends, Lisa knows that “Each client is as important as the last” and is able to offer fantastic service at great prices – which is why her business keeps growing bigger and better.

Lisa’s diary for the next year is very busy but working from home has its perks. She enjoys the flexibility and more recently, enjoys travelling for new business. Her latest trip was to South East Asia where she built a relationship with a supplier to source an exclusive range of colour-coordinated wedding invites for all faiths. “I wouldn’t be where I am without Avanta.[...] I am right where I want to be. At the forefront of the wedding and events industry bringing happiness to others through my creativity”

The power of example

Lisa’s passion, ambition and success is a motivator for both our staff and our customers. Here at PeoplePlus, we have helped more than 45,000 new businesses to start up and grow and we continue to consolidate and grow our knowledge and expertise in helping people become self-employed; laying the foundations of promising new businesses and careers. If you’re feeling inspired, curious or simply have a question for one of our advisors, get in touch here today.

Click here to admire Lisa’s fantastic portfolio, and why not get some orders in! We’re sold on the personalised chocolate bars…