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Beauty in Bloom

Beauty in Bloom
Feb 19, 2021
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Hi! Really hoping someone can advise me please?.

I’m experienced beauty therapist with 20 years in industry (I’m based in Scotland).
Due to the pandemic, I was made redundant in Sept 2020. Before that I was employed part time 3 days a week in a salon within a hotel. I worked there for 14 years.

I didn’t receive a big redundancy package, however my plan is to go self employed (in very uncertain times!) and work from home. We have been using lockdown to build a salon in the garden which the redundancy has paid for, but because I was salon based I have very little beauty equipment. So I’ve had to use credit cards/savings to fund it all plus fit out the salon etc. It’s almost finished, but as I’m still nowhere near ready to open because of restrictions I’m starting to worry money wise.😳 I’m currently claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance as a source of income as my husband is the only salary coming in and we have 3 children at home too. I’m worried I’m not going to get financial help because of the timing of my redundancy, I’ve not been eligible for any government grants. It’s so frustrating as friends who are mobile have just applied for the new small business close contact/mobile grant £4000 which I can’t apply for as you need to be registered self employed before March 2020. I feel totally on my own!..as have paid into the system since I left school yet there appears to be nothing out there to help me in my situation. I’m hoping there must be others out there too. It feels like I keep falling through the cracks..😩

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