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Over 60’s success!

4 Jan

You are never too old to achieve and become an inspiration to others. It is widely publicised that we are all living longer and with advances in medicine allowing us to live more healthily, 60 is fast becoming the new 30. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be 395 million over 80’s worldwide.  Older people are no longer content to sit in a rocking chair and knit. Retirement can be a time for new beginnings and a new lease of life. We can take inspiration from following people all achieved success after the age of 60:

Gfauja-singh-marathonladys Burrill, from Hawaii became the oldest woman complete a marathon, age 92. She completed her first marathon age 86. Fauja Singh ran his first marathon age 89 and completed the Toronto Waterfront marathon age 100.

Frank McCourt became a bestselling author age 66 with Angela’s Ashes. Bertha Wood had her first book, Fresh Air and Fun, published on her 100th birthday. She began writing it age 90. Peter Roget invented the Thesaurus age 73. He suffered from OCD and making lists calmed him.

Colonel Hartland Sanders established the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant chain age 65. On her 72nd birthday Poppy Bridger bought the company she used to work for and went back to work to grow the company, Anahiem test labs. Bill Foster founded Accessibility Services age 71 to support older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent.

Artists Mary Delany invented paper collage at age 72, Grandma Moses became famous in her 70’s and sculptorlouise-bourgeois Louise Bourgoise received mainstream recognition after the age of 60.

Over 60s are fast becoming the mainstay of the volunteering work force, supporting and inspiring others with their knowledge, skills, wisdom and sense of fun. If you, or anyone you know has a lot left to give and would like to make a difference, contact us at info@opsw.co.uk We would love to hear your views.

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How To Build A Business From Your Bedroom

4 Mar

I just found these great case studies and practical tips on setting up a business from your bedroom on gothinkbig.co.uk.

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National Careers Week

New Year, New Start

7 Jan

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2013!  We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and have just about recovered from your new year hangovers!

New year is of course the time for taking a good hard look at our lives, and setting resolutions to make the necessary changes to improve the bits of our lives that aren’t everything they could be.  So if you’re not happy with the job you’re in, or you’re sick of being unemployed, NOW is the time to think about making that change.  Give us a call on 0800 043 2440 if you want to discuss and explore your options.  We offer FREE one to one appointments in our Newton Abbot office, or over the phone, where you can get some feedback and start up tips for your idea.  Even if you don’t have an idea, but are considering self employment, we can talk through your previous skills and experience and help you form an idea for a business.

In 2013 we will also be working in Somerset, and as well as our Toolbox project for 18-25 year olds, we are starting a new project just for Mums: Flexi-Mum.  Both of these will support our target groups with general work and career guidance, not just self employment support.  So if you feel like you could be getting more from your career, or you need to improve your work-life balance, we’re here to help you consider all your options.

We’d love to hear from you, no matter what stage of business you are at.

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

What a year it’s been!  At Opportunity Plus South West we have met some amazing customers this year with a massive range of ideas.  It’s been such an honour to be a part of each and every one of these journeys, however big or small our part in them.  It’s safe to say that we are as excited as the customer when they do take the plunge and register as self employed, and we love seeing all these new businesses get off the ground.

Thank you to all of the businesses that have featured on this blog so far:

Hose Solutions Ltd

Rocket & Co.

Leah Brookes – Tattoo Artist

L.A Barbers

Maternity Leavers

Sophie Duffy – Author

Seashore Ceramics

Anita Goff – Usborne Books

Caroline Cannon – The Pampered Chef

Gosling

Lewah – DJ

Helen Birtwhistle – Travel Counsellor

The Very Vintage Hire Company

Just for Tiny People

2013 (I’m going to need to practice writing that!) promises to be another exciting year for us, with some new projects on the way.  We look forward to meeting and working with lots more inspirational entrepreneurs next year.

Happy New Year!  See you on the other side…