When complementary therapist and yoga teacher Lynda McIntosh grew frustrated at the lack of suitable city-centre venues for her classes and treatments, she took matters into her own hands.
Her business venture, Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre, offers a variety of complementary therapies, workshops and products, and gives like-minded local businesses a platform to bring their services to clients.
“I was tired of having to rent a small space in a hairdressers or in the basement of a beautician’s salon and found that even the availability of these kinds of spaces in Aberdeen was very limited, so I have established a local business which is empowering other local businesses,” said Lynda.
Lynda has been working with Business Gateway, Aberdeen City and Shire, since she set up her thriving enterprise.
She said: “My business adviser, Liz, has been a constant source of support, offering advice whenever it’s required.
“It’s great to have an objective ear, especially in the first few months when you’re still finding your feet.
“I also went along to a few free workshops, which I found really useful, especially in areas such as accounting, which I had very little experience of.”
Liz Pirrie, business adviser at Business Gateway, said: “Lynda has worked extremely hard to set up a business that will benefit the local community in a number of ways.
“We initially worked with Lynda to provide start-up advice and will continue to support The Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre as the venture continues to grow.”
To find out how Business Gateway can help your business grow and prosper, contact 0845 609 6611 or visit www.bgateway.com.