Unemployment and poor mental health meant Antonia struggled to see herself in a long-term job, but her love of baking and the support she has received from The Prince’s Trust means she now plans to start her own bakery.
Antonia, 28, from Hamilton, suffers from anxiety stemming from post-natal depression and after attending counselling and CBT, she felt she was in a good place to find a job.
But the mum-of-two soon discovered that there were little job opportunities locally and potential transport and childcare costs were higher than she expected.
She realised that if she wanted to work close to home, have flexible working hours for childcare, spend quality time with her kids and husband, and do something she enjoyed, her best option was setting up her own business.
Reaching out to The Prince’s Trust, Antonia enrolled on the Enterprise programme to develop her business knowledge, get advice on creating a business and marketing plan, and receive support with grant applications to cover start-up costs.
When I realised that the best way for me getting back into work was creating a job for myself, I was really excited. I already have my food hygiene qualification and I love baking, but I wasn’t fully confident in how to go about it. That’s why The Trust’s Enterprise course appealed to me. I’ve found the sessions helpful and they are giving me a foundation to start developing my business plan. I’ve enjoyed them as they are informative and have given me lots to think about.
“I have been completing a Community Achievement Award through Glasgow Kelvin College in partnership with the Parent Scotland Network. Through this I’ve been facilitating parent groups via Zoom over lockdown to support the wellbeing and families. This and my regular Enterprise sessions and 121 meetings with my Prince’s Trust youth support worker has had a positive impact on my life overall – it’s given me a routine throughout lockdown.”
Antonia is now planning on opening her own bakery business, initially creating cakes from home to sell to suppliers or if she can, rent a small premise nearby where she can work flexibly to accommodate her family commitments.
She added: “Now I have a clear process of how to set up my business and I can’t wait to get started.”