Stories about Self-Employment
Joe’s story about how he set up his egg business
Joe Brown has autism and successfully set up his own egg round business around Penwortham in Lancashire. He is now running his own business successfully. He started in 2008. He is now debt free. He has over 400 customers. He has gained recognition and respect from his neighbourhood. All of this has helped him obtain his own independence, both physically and financially. This helped him to dream and to achieve his dreams.
Joe applied to Leonard Cheshire for funding through their Ready to Start Programme. This programme encouraged people with disabilities to set up their own business. Although this particular scheme is no longer available, Leonard Cheshire continues to support disabled people in business through their other available programmes.
In Joe’s case Access to Work (Department of Work and Pensions www.direct.gov.uk) funded a Support Worker, found by Joe, to support Joe eight hours a week for three months. They provided a Life Coach who gave ten life coaching sessions, each an hour long. This helped Joe in structuring his days in the early days of trading.