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Making the big day easier

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A local entrepreneur has turned her passion and knowledge of weddings into a new business venture, thanks to help from Blackpool Council.

Gill Payne decided to utilise her years of experience of organising wedding fairs by setting up ‘Moments in Time’, a one-stop shop which will help people celebrate their special day.

Located in Cedar Square, the new shop promises to take the stress and hassle out of organising everything that is needed for those big events from wedding dresses and steel bands to an in-house photographic studio.

Gill said: “I have spent years organising wedding fairs, bringing all the wedding specialists together in one place. I have also planned events for charities and local businesses.

“I used to work in the family printing business but once it closed due to the retirement of the other directors, I started to think about what I really enjoyed doing.

“Then it struck me – weddings and events. I started making enquiries and found everyone so very encouraging. My wedding business contacts expressed surprise
that it had taken me so long.

“The council helped me put a thorough plan together to apply for a business loan which has enabled me to launch my brand new venture.

“I’m not ready to retire. There is a lifetime of work in me yet!’

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “It’s really inspiring to see Gill take a hobby of hers and turn it into a successful business.

“It’s fantastic that Gill can utilise her passion of helping people plan their special occasions and turn this into what will hopefully be a successful business.

“90% of the businesses that Get Started has helped in the last two years are still operating and in some cases, doing very well indeed. That’s because businesses can still benefit from our expert advice and support even after they are up and running.”

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