Enterprising Women has given me the confidence to re-face the work place after a long absence, but not as an employee – as my own boss!
Tina Willoughby's new Paws for Cake dog biscuit company is proving a hit with dogs and their owners.
Tina, who suffers from primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) which, among other symptoms, can severely affect the lungs, has found full-time employment difficult, but says she is determined her health issues will not hold her back.
She said: 'The one thing I do love is walking my dog Nelly and last year my husband Pete and I began taking her along to agility classes with the National Animal Welfare Trust.'
It was while she and Nelly were attending these sessions that one of the trainers told her liver cake would help with dog obedience, so she trawled the internet for a recipe.
Tina laughed: 'It was very smelly to make liver cake but not only did Nelly love it; a number of my friends asked me to make their dogs some too. I am, really excited about the potential, and decided to take the plunge and set up Paws For Cake.'
Tina has now attended a number of dog shows and events to promote her business idea.
Tina added: 'I'm so determined to make a success of Paws For Cake. Nelly helps me enjoy life and stay healthy and my husband, family and friends are all a huge help. This support, along with the help of Outset Cornwall and Cornwall Enterprising Women, has given me the freedom to start to earn an independent living.'
Find out more at www.dogtreatpawsforcake.co.uk or call Tina on 01736 751785.