'My only regret is why I didn't do it sooner': How lockdown is a chance to change your life for ever!
Worried about your job prospects this year? You are not alone. Employment opportunities are looking bleak for many. The pandemic has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of job cuts – many in the retail, leisure, hospitality, travel and entertainment sectors – and more are expected as businesses continue to struggle.
But thankfully, for those who want to give themselves the best chance of finding a new job, it's possible to add sparkle to a CV and develop your skills by taking an online course.
From the top universities and colleges, including the Open University, to specialist providers such as Udemy and LinkedIn – and even private companies such as Barclays and Accenture – there are numerous courses available, both free and paid-for. They range from digital marketing, bookkeeping and Mandarin to child care. But will they make a difference?
You can find out more over at 'This Is Money', and see how people are taking the world as a new-age entrepreneur, like Laura Harnett founded eco-friendly products firm Seep, (theseepcompany.com), an eco-friendly household cleaning products company which sells sponges, scourers and cloths that are plastic-free and 100 per cent compostable.
Grant and Jordanna Sanderson dreamt up the new quiz card game, Shot In The Dark during Christmas 2016 after a tense family game of Trivial Pursuit. The game has flown off the shelves since mid-March making almost £150,000. You can read more over in the Metro News...
Personal trainer who started selling weights to beat lockdown is now set to sell £1M in fitness gear this year
Personal trainer Gavin Townsend took a gamble as Britain headed into lockdown that making and designing his own range of gym equipment would pay his bills - and get him out of the £40,000 debt that he had accumulated. The gamble paid off for the 34-year-old and his business, Gymbeing, is now set to deliver much more than that, turning over £1million this year. You can read more over on This Is Money...
It is a turbulent time for the economy but that has not stopped thousands of people from launching a business this year. BBC Scotland's The Nine has been hearing from four businesses born in a storm..
Patrick Coveney, is the Chief Executive of the UK's largest maker of pre-packaged sandwiches, Greencore. With the coronavirus lockdown hitting businesses hard, Coveney spoke to BBC News about how the business kept production running.
Brendan O'Shea started the 'Just Clear' house clearing business with his wife back in 2017 and now looks to turnover £7m this year, employing almost 70 staff nationwide. You can read more over on This Is Money.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, Natalie Reynolds and Lexi Panayi were rightfully anxious. The sisters had only launched their fashion brand Style Cheat back in May 2019 and just unveiled their collaboration with Luisa Zissman when the country went into lockdown. You can read about how the sisters turned the situation around in The Sun..
Graphic designer Danielle McCann launched her cooking kits for kids – Not Just Nibbles – in February this year with no idea that the world would change a few weeks later! This Is Money has the story
A British couple who started up a hand sanitiser business just 12 weeks ago are on their way to making at least £30 million. Andrew and Rachel Montague are the husband and wife team who set up ClearWater Hygiene water, and they've since secured a load of corporate contacts as businesses prepare to start up again. LadBible has the story...
Lu Li knows how to act fast - something she was forced to do after coronavirus lockdown struck and she lost a whopping 80 per cent of her income in a fortnight. Her company, Blooming Founders, a business network she set up in 2015 that aims to boost female-founded start-ups largely through events. You can read just how she managed made this happen on ThisIsMoney...
Lockdown has devastated many of Britain's businesses – pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms, high street retailers, leisure operators and more. All have been forced to close for weeks and many are unlikely to see the year out. But, for some, there are entrepreneurs out there that have bent the rules a little be able to offer those services that so many are missing. This Is Money has the feature...
In 2014, Henry Burner started selling buttons online—the kind you pin to a shirt or jacket. Sales climbed quickly. Within a few years, his firm, Buttonsmith, had expanded into lanyards, magnets, and other doodads, and gross revenue crossed $1 million. It’s grown into the multimillions since. The Fast Company has the story...
Captain Tom Moore, 99, has so far raised a whopping £12m for the NHS from walking around his garden! Captain Moore is another hero who has been raising money for the NHS and you can get the latest from Sky News..
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