A 31-year-old Louth woman has battled through unemployment and beaten the downturn to come out the other side with her own business.
Thanks to a little help from The Prince’s Trust, Lindsay Gardner managed to convert her dream into a reality, her own chocolate business.
Lindsay had previously been working in administration but was made redundant from her job in January 2012.
She has had the dream of starting her own chocolate business having learned to make chocolates in her spare time over the past two years.
Despite having a skill and the passion, she had no idea where to start.
But now two years later, with some mentoring and support from youth charity The Prince’s Trust, Lindsay has turned her life around and is now the proud owner of her own confectionary business, Spire Chocolates.
Lindsay said: ”I wouldn’t be where I am today without my business mentor and the support of the Trust.
“I gained priceless insight, business advice, and support.”
Now a professional chocolatier, Lindsay trades in a number of local outlets and sells her confectionary at markets and food festivals across the county as well as through her own website.
She is also working on the launch of her own high street shop.
Lindsay now wants to encourage other aspiring entrepreneurs that perseverance is essential to success in business.
She added: “If you get knocked down, then don’t stay down. Don’t be afraid to use all the help available to you at The Prince’s Trust.”