Case Studies

Mellisa Renton

Mellisa Renton

My journey with Bridge 2 Business began last year while I was studying HND Beauty, at West College Scotland, Greenock Campus.

Our lecturer had arranged for Sukie (Entrepreneurship Executive at Young Enterprise Scotland) and an entrepreneur from the beauty industry to come to our classroom to talk about enterprise and opportunities for those who were interested in freelancing/business start-ups.

The session Sukie had organised was indeed very interesting, or shall I say inspiring?

The beauty entrepreneur Safina Raja, gave us an insight of what it was like out in the industry, what to prepare for and talked about her experiences and knowledge of marketing, pricing, competition and much more.

It was fantastic to know what help and support were available to students who were studying on campus, especially Greenock. I always thought there wasn't much support available in the Inverclyde region simply because I lived miles away from Glasgow.

So, I was glad my lecturer had put us in touch with Bridge 2 Business.

The information provided in the classroom was really good and made sense; therefore I had decided to arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with Sukie a week later.

When I met with up with Sukie, I told her about my business idea: face-painting as a business start up, she gave me some fantastic information and knowledge of how to get kick started and what direction to take.

She explained the Bridge 2 Business 'test the market grant' to me and this was amazing as it was a massive help to starting up and taking those first awkward steps to buying the kit, equipment, marketing and more!

The grant process was fairly straight forward and easy for me to follow through, did take few weeks, however, in the meantime Sukie was there to mentor and coach me to think about the social media channels that could be set up without any costs involved or attending networking events to try and get clients etc.

I am so grateful to Bridge 2 Business for all the support they have provided me so far with the funding, marketing, networking opportunities, attending events and most importantly a further referral to Business Gateway for more support.

It's now few months into having my face painting business and I have certainly learned a lot from the knowledge that was given to me by Bridge 2 Business, as well as going out there and experiencing it for myself. I will thoroughly recommend Bridge 2 Business to all those students who are currently studying at West College Scotland to go talk to Bridge 2 Business if you have that business idea which could work and receive the support from them.

I still have ongoing support from the Bridge 2 Business team and I know that they are there if I need them. Therefore thank you Bridge 2 Business!

I am on the road to becoming a successful business woman...

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