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Asian tailoring business prospers from Oldham resident’s ‘Bright Idea’

An Oldham resident has set up his own tailoring business just months after being made redundant.

Hashim launched his business in June 2013, with help from social housing provider Contour Homes and business start -up specialists Blue Orchid.

He specialises in Asian fashion and offers alterations, handmade clothing and made –to- order clothing.

Hashim, from Oldham started trading at Oldham market in June this year and as his business is constantly growing and bringing in new customers – he is even branching out to online sales.

Before launching the business, Hashim had to sign on while he was unemployed – and it was while at the job centre that he found out about the support available through the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) and working tax credits to help him become self-employed.

Hashim said: “My first question to the job centre was ‘will I lose my benefits?’ This was my worry, as I had a family to support and I didn’t know how self-employment would affect me.”

The budding entrepreneur found out that he could get financial support while he was setting up so he signed up for the business start – up programme.

To assist with the business set up, he was put in touch with Blue Orchid and business adviser Jan Melia who provided start-up advice and support to develop Hashim’s business idea and create a business plan.

“Jan helped me so much with my business planning. I went to lots of free workshops which made me feel very confident in myself; I believed I could do this.”

In just two months, Hashim felt confident about setting up his own business, adding: “Thanks to the financial support and advice, I can now cover my bills, make money and do my dream job”.

Blue Orchid has teamed up with Contour Homes to offer free advice, support and training to Contour Homes’ tenants who have a Bright Idea to set up their own business and who want find out how to become self-employed.

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