Although he had the qualifications he needed to run a private practice, he had no business knowledge and turned to The Prince’s Trust to help him gain the skills needed to confidently launch Sole Works Podiatry.

Thomas studied at Glasgow Caledonian University and during his degree developed an interest in sports rehabilitation. This intensified while volunteering at the Special Olympic World Games, and this experience cemented his goal of setting up his own business once his studies were over.

After graduating this summer, Thomas was keen to put his plans into action but with no idea about the ins and outs of business, he wasn’t sure where to start.

However, after reaching out to The Trust, Thomas felt confident and ready to open the doors of his clinic.

He said: “I knew I wanted to open a private clinic, but a lack of funding and business knowledge stood in my way. I didn’t want to launch with no real understanding of the business side of things and I felt getting support from experts would be of real benefit to me.

As well as the Enterprise course where you learn how to put together a business plan, marketing, and Tax, amongst other things, I successful applied for a start up grant which was a huge help. My experience with The Trust has been positive from the start. It has broadened my horizons, I’ve been able to get advice from some great people and I’ve had a support network which has been invaluable.

“I feel proud that Sole Works Podiatry is now open, and my goal now is to build a client base and then expand to be in a healthy position to take on a member of staff.”