to start a clinic that gives people a chance to enter an industry without having capital to back them up

£10 raised of £50,000 target 0 %
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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 6:00pm 11th April 2018

It is a simple idea,

When i qualified as a massage therapist (Indian head massage, Abhyanga, Shirodhara) I was excited to be able to help people,

out I went with the intention of getting into a clinic and getting started.....


what I came up against was...

'We charge £10 an hour (some even more), you have to pay up front'

'Do you have a client base' ( even though you're new to the industry)

and etc....

I quickly realised that this is not so easy to get into,

Then I started meeting and discovering others (some newly qualified, some for years) in the same situation

people coming from low wage jobs and wanting to help others improve their bodies, minds and lives, but finding it almost impossible to get into the industry,

So I had an idea....

If I could open a clinic, say with enough rooms for 12-15 therapists to work at any given time, and open 12-14 hours a day 7 days a week,

And the therapists were self employed, and they only paid when they had seen a client, say £10 per client,

then the business would grow, and people would at least have the chance to get into the industry and grow their own client base,

and lets say that the clinic only had 10 rooms working at any time and only 10 hours a day, then the business would make enough to grow (opening a 2nd and then a 3rd etc clinic) giving more people the same chance, and becoming available to a wider area of clientele,

now this would take an up front financial outlay, 

I'm a chef (so minimum wage) and unable to front that kind of venture....


I approached Business angels (57 individual ones) with my idea,

here's what i got from them..

'that's a great idea',  'That would work', That's a business that would definitely grow'....

Followed by..

'But I only invest in PRODUCTS' 'Do you have a product', 'I don't invest in services'.

You can see where I'm going with this,

I approached the local council,  'Do you have any empty buildings I could possibly use (initially on an ad-hoc basis) to develop this business?'  'Please'...

'Why yes we do, what products will you be selling?'..... Deja vu...

Then a friend suggested this approach..

at first i was sceptical. .. why would people invest in this?

then I thought.. this is to help people. I could offer a return ( or stake in the company) , albeit initially a small one, but as the business grows that would obviously increase,

and if we also add a charitable donation from the profits (or start our own charity) , then it will be giving back even more.

Which brings us to here.....