Spotlight on Enterprising Newcastle

Proof that being self-employed can work can be seen in three generations of the same family, who have been successful in running businesses in Walker. In 1988, Les McGowan originally opened Walker Corn and Seed on Scrogg Road, with support from the council. This was followed by Les’s son Peter who took over the business in 1999, and finally by Les’s granddaughter Liane Ashurst who opened Snippity-Doo-Dog in 2011, with help from Enterprising Newcastle. Three generations of proof that self-employment can work.

Encouraged by her grandfather Les, mother of three Liane Ashurst became the third generation of the family to go into business. Having paid other people to groom her own dogs, Liane saw an opportunity to train as a dog groomer and open her own business. Part of the motivation for starting her own business came from her grandfather who said to her “you won’t make any money unless you work for yourself”, and told her if she undertook the appropriate training, he would let her open the business in the disused garage next to Walker Corn and Seed. This was the incentive for Liane to begin.

Liane received hands on business support advice from Enterprising Newcastle and access to training and funding, and enrolled on a course to gain the qualifications required to run a dog grooming salon. The whole family got involved in renovating the premises and she started up Snippity-Doo-Dog in July 2011. Since then the business has gone from strength-to-strength, and is now employing part-time staff. Liane says that she always knew she was going to have her own business, has never looked back and is thoroughly enjoying the experience of being her own boss.

For all your doggy needs, contact Liane at Snippity-Dogg-Doo on 0191 276 2480 or call into the salon at Highfield Terrace, Walker, NE6 3EE or on Facebook at SnippityDooDog.

If you are looking to set up a small business in Newcastle and want to know more about what support is available in Newcastle:

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