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Free support helps children’s author release new school books

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The Lancashire-based creator of a new series of educational books and DVDs for children has received free support to help start her business.

Ruth Vidler, a sole trader from Lytham St Annes, established Little Angel Creative in November. Thanks to her experience working in school libraries, Ruth spotted an opportunity to provide modern, fun books aimed at developing primary school children’s skills as part of the Government’s Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning initiative.

Being a writer, Ruth produced a series of 28 books and 4 interactive, animated DVDs for use with a whiteboard in line with the initiative.

To help start her new business, Ruth was referred to the Lancashire LEAP programme via Blackpool Council. Lancashire LEAP is delivered by Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and Winning Pitch, as part of Boost Business Lancashire.

Ruth was referred to a business mentor and attended free, high-value bootcamps on business essentials, covering how to access finance, create a business plan and more. Ruth said: “My Boost experience excelled all expectations. The seminar coaches were knowledgeable and friendly, the handouts to take away were both excellent quality and informative, and the venue was great too.”

“I learnt such a lot in so many varied areas, not just from the speakers, but also the other business people who attended the course. I now have some great contacts as well as a better idea of how to drive my business forward. The motivation and support has been exactly what I needed to get myself in gear and start building on my initial ideas.”

Boost Business Lancashire (Boost) is the £7.2million Lancashire Business Growth Hub led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership). It is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. You can view Ruth's books and DVDs at www.littleangelcreative.co.uk

Businesses looking to access Boost Business Lancashire programmes can do so through our website or by calling 0800 488 0057.

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