Fledgling businesses and local students look set to achieve their goal of climbing the business ladder thanks to a local business woman based at Ewood Park.

Christine Hunter, who runs remedial massage therapy business, The Natural Therapy Rooms, based at Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre, has opened a second suite to help accommodate newly-qualified therapists and start up businesses in the health and well-being sector.

While Christine, a mentor to Complementary Medicine degree course students at the University Centre, Blackburn College, continues to work from her original office, the additional suite provides a dedicated work facility from which latest recruits and start-up businesses can build up their own client base.  As well as complementary therapists, these include a newly-qualified counsellor, an allergy therapist and, beginning shortly, a Yoga practitioner.

“Ultimately, we envisage many of these practitioners taking their own suites in the Enterprise Centre,” said Christine.

“As my business grew I found that I couldn’t accommodate all the requests being made for appointments.  I needed some extra help and so decided to open the second suite, encouraging start-up health and well-being businesses and therapists to share the accommodation on an ‘as and when’ basis.  I can further satisfy my own client base by referring some clients, where appropriate, on to them, whilst they’re building up their own business. 

“It takes time for all businesses to build their client base and their reputation.  Ultimately the aim is for them either to have their own suite in the Enterprise Centre or to share with another therapist.”

Christine also paid tribute to the facilities and flexible opening hours at the Enterprise Centre, located at the Darwen End of the stadium, for making this venture possible.

“The flexible hours certainly help.  Therapists can work 12-hour days if they like,” continued Christine. “Being able to book people in beyond normal 9-5 working hours is a tremendous advantage.

“The Centre has a relaxed atmosphere for visiting clients and it’s definitely a very prestigious place for these therapists to start a business.

“Watching their business and their confidence grow is very rewarding.  I like being the mother hen!  I can help out with business skills and being part of a group serves as a really good support mechanism.

“Coming here was the best move I ever made.  The staff are absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t have done it without their help.” 

Any health and well-being business interested in joining the thriving group based at Ewood Park can contact Christine on 07527 056167. 

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