Mum who left teaching to set up her own business is nominated for national courage award
Helen Flear, who has been nominated in the Courage category at the Mpower National Business Awards
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Jun 2018
A mother-of-two who left teaching to set up her own business has been nominated for a national courage award.
Helen Flear has been recognised as part of the Mpower National Business Awards, which celebrate parents who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.
Helen, who lives in Brigg, founded Tails 'N' Whiskers, which provides dog-walking, small pet care and equestrian services, after leaving the teaching profession following depression and anxiety.
Now, she is on the shortlist in the Courage category at the awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in London later this month.
She said: “I was originally a teacher and there was so much going on – I was suffering badly from depression and anxiety and other family issues.
“If I had stopped in teaching, I don’t think I would be here now.
“I had to get out so I set up the business, which was incredibly scary to leave a well-paid job to go to something where I was earning £7 a day to begin with.
“We are doing really well now. I took on a business partner after a year and we have just got our first official employee.”
Helen Flear, pictured with her business partner Sarah Bellamy, chaperoning dogs at a client’s wedding
Helen said the nomination was recognition of the hard work she and her business partner Sarah Bellamy had put in.
She said: “With dog-walking, some people don’t see it as a proper business but to get a nomination for an award, it makes me think I am working hard and doing well.”
As well as being nominated in the Courage category at the awards, Helen is also in with a chance of winning the title of Mpower Woman of the Year, which will be awarded to the mum judged to be an inspiration to all women in business.
The awards were founded by Nicola Huelin, an award-winning business coach and mother-of-four.
She said: “There are a lot of awards out there, and we are proud about what makes these awards, and the women who enter, different.
“Often invisible to most, mums in business are changing the business landscape, while raising and inspiring the generations of the future.
Helen Flear, pictured with a client's dog, Trevor
“We believe their efforts and successes in overcoming the unique challenges of combining business and motherhood, particularly in those first few years when it’s the hardest, need to be recognised and celebrated.”
Awards will be given out in 10 categories, as well as the Mpower Woman of the Year prize.
The winners will be selected by a judging panel made up of top parent entrepreneurs.
They will be announced at the Mpower Gala, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on Saturday, June 23.
For more information, see mpowerawards.com
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