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Former student unlocks her future

Former College student, Chloe Hewett, has turned her dream of owning her own business into a reality as she picks up the keys to her very own beauty salon, CH House of Beauty.

Chloe said: “My interest in nails started as a hobby in 2017. I found employment at a salon and that’s when I realised, I could earn more by being self-employed, but to be able to do this, I needed more qualifications, so I decided to enrol at College.

“When I was studying Nail Technology, my tutor was fantastic. I think she really believed in me and my potential; she spurred me on lots during my course. I was the last to start and the first to finish, despite being in a pandemic!”

Chloe’s goals have been made achievable with the help and support of iTrust, our Enterprise initiative. iTrust is a joint venture between the College, The Barnsley Chronicle and The Business Village, which supports students interested in starting up a business in Barnsley. If you choose to receive support from iTrust, you will have access to an array of information and guidance such as mentoring from industry specialists and local businesses and financial investments.

Chloe has received a grant totalling £250 from iTrust which will go towards the flooring and renovation at her new premises.

During lockdown, Chloe has been completing online courses to further her knowledge in the industry and joined virtual groups with other Nail Technicians which allows her to network and share her work with others.

Jess Widdowson, Enterprise Team Leader, added: “Chloe first came to me back in February with a full business plan, building in mind and a list of long-term goals. To see Chloe achieve so much in such a short space of time is an excellent example to all of our students that anything is possible.

“We are now supporting Chloe to get her business off the ground and get the salon ready to open! I’m both proud and pleased for Chloe and look forward to supporting her over the next few years.”


June 2021 update from Chloe

“So… Business is going really well! Since I started with iTrust, I have well and truly achieved my dreams! I’ve managed to get everything I needed to open the salon such as the flooring (with help from the  grant). I have small goals and long-term goals, I’ve ended up smashing most of these already and I hadn’t hoped to do that until at least 4 years down the line! I’ve ended up so far in advance, I am already having to have upstairs worked on to accommodate more people to join the salon. I have three people self-employed in the salon! Without Jess and the iTrust team I wouldn’t be where I am now.
“Jess believed in me right from the start as I already had my business plan ready to go. The iTrust group is so supportive and helpful. I’ve also been able to help others who are starting their own business with the knowledge I have. Thank you all!”


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