Mum launches childminding service – and encourages others to start businesses

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A mum has launched her own childminding service and is encouraging others to follow her path into business.

Angela Quinn, 37, wanted to create the perfect work-life balance which would fit around her son Isaac Quinn, now aged three.

If anyone is thinking about setting up their own business then I’d definitely recommend EDBS to them

Angela Quinn

Despite having a wealth of experience with children – working as a nursery nurse for 15 years before becoming a mum herself – she initially struggled to understand the “business” side of setting up on her own.

But with the help of the East Durham Business Service (EDBS), Angela Quinn Child Care Services was born.

Angela said: “When I had my little boy I had problems getting childcare because we don’t have a lot of family, so we really struggled.

“I heard about East Durham Business Service through the job centre when I was already in the process of trying to set up my own childminding service. The job centre staff said I’d be able to get help with the business side of things at EDBS.

“So I set up an appointment and then had to go maybe once a fortnight to talk through business plans, how to get my business up and running, registering for tax returns and things like that –all things I’d never done.”

Now, she is caring for several children, as well as her own son.

Angela added: “If anyone is thinking about setting up their own business then I’d definitely recommend EDBS to them.”

Denise Fielding, operations director at East Durham Business Service, said: “It’s so rewarding being able to help people like Angela set up their own businesses.”

For more information on the East Durham Business Service, visit www.edbs.co.uk or call (0191) 5863366.