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Jo using her love of language to help community

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A Blackpool woman with a love for language and a passion for poetry has set out as her own boss, following help from Blackpool Council

Jo Bracewell has created ‘Education & Employability Services’ which is a Blackpool based Community Interest Company offering a range of support for individuals, including English tuition and confidence building through to basic I.T. and CV support.

Jo’s new company is hoped to help more people into jobs, with support to improve people’s language and communications skills for applications, along with practice to help them shine at interviews.

As part of growing her business, she is now hosting special employability workshops in the community, with the next one taking place at the Lancashire Women’s Centre on Church Street between 10am and 2pm on 24 October.

She was helped to set up in business by Blackpool Council’s Get Started service, which offers financial and business planning advice to anybody looking to start their own company.

Joanne said: “I have spent over ten years working in the Further Education sector locally. Previously, I worked for twenty years in Retail Banking on the Fylde Coast where I enjoyed delivering excellent customer service and mentoring new members of staff. I’ve met some fabulous people over the years and it’s rewarding to know that I’ve made a difference to people’s lives.

“I want to continue to put all my qualifications, knowledge and experience to good use to continue to help people in the local and wider community.

“When I decided to set up my own business I was particularly keen to look at the options for making the business ‘community’ based.

“Setting up as Community Interest Company gives me the opportunity to re-invest in my home town of Blackpool. I feel excited and privileged to have the opportunity to enhance people’s job prospects and life chances.”

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “It’s great to see Jo setting up in business, and is really pleasing to see her use her company to put something back in to the local community. I wish her all the best with her new venture.

“Get Started can offer you expert advice from experienced business professionals, from arranging your business plan, to getting hold of some finance and supporting you as the company goes.”

To find out if you could become your own boss, contact Get Started on 477147 or search www.blackpool.gov.uk/getstarted.