Lisa is a former victim of domestic violence and single mother of four. Lisa had become isolated at home and began to volunteer in her community at a costume studio, where she remembered her love of fashion and textiles. She went from doing a few repairs, to serving customers, making costumes and running the shop.
We helped her write a business plan
We helped match her with a mentor, write a business plan, negotiate premises and contracts, sign a lease, build a cash registry and inventory, and marketing strategies.
Her project was funded
Her project is now up and running in Elstree Film Studios, where some of the most famous films in the world have been produced.
We met Jodi
Jodi had to leave her job as a teacher due to an anxiety disorder. While unemployed, she attended a hat-making class, where she discovered a real talent. She’s found something she loves doing that improves her health.
We helped match her advertise her goods online
We helped match her with a mentor, create a website, advertise her goods online, set up social media for sales, and tap into networks.
Jodi is off of benefits
Jodi is now off of benefits and looking forward to a new future. She recently launched a bridal line of hats and produced a hat for Kimberly Wyatt’s new single.
We met Leovanda
Leovanda is a former journalist and asylum-seeker who currently cleans at UCLH hospital. She's branching out to start her own cleaning business.
We helped match her with marketing strategy
We helped match her with a mentor and with research, branding, marketing strategy, and sales leads.
Her business is profitable
Leovanda was able to keep her day job while growing her business and
commercial contracts on the side. Her business became profitable in its first year, has glowing testimonials from clients, and is growing from strength to strength.
Common Cause made all the difference for me. When you’re starting out, you don’t know which questions to ask or where to go. Without this, I would have quit. But people got to know me personally, my passion, and encouraged my potential.”
This has been extremely rewarding for me personally. It is the direct involvement that motivates me, and it is very inspiring to see how these individuals are taking on, and overcoming, massive challenges. It’s a privilege to help them with simple, practical business issues as well as to support their belief in themselves and their ventures."
Hans, former CEO of a FTSE-250 company
You can't imagine how valuable it has been for me – such a brilliant idea to have contributors from all the fields you need to start a business. It prevents me from being shy to talk to the 'big guys.'"
This is inspiring and filled with passion – full of incredible gems.”
Dana, Marketing Executive & Volunteer
It boosted my confidence and helped me achieve what I need.”
It was rewarding to help other people make their dreams come true."
Annalisa, Financial Analyst & Volunteer
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