Ossie Respite Centre – £450k from NatWest

We introduced  Andrea Brighouse, MD of My Life My Choice Ltd  to NatWest who have provided £450,000 of funding.

From: David Sharpe

Pierce Corporate Finance are delighted to have helped Andrea Brighouse develop her business plan and to have provided advice on how to move forward with the Respite Centre project.


From Left to Right:

Gary Swift (NatWest)

David Sharpe (Pierce Corporate Finance)

Andrea Brighouse (MD of My Life My Choice Ltd)

NatWest’s Press Release.

My Life My Choice Respite Centre To Open in Oswaldtwistle with Support from NatWest


A respite and activity centre for children and young adults with disabilities is due to open in Oswaldtwistle.


My Life My Choice Ltd is opening a new privately-run 24-hour care facility on the site of the old Masonic Hall on Albert Street after securing £450,000 of funding from NatWest.


The new centre will cater for up to 40 clients during the day, and create an additional 33 jobs.


Refurbishment works include creating eight bedrooms for overnight accommodation as well as a hydro therapy pool, ball room, and additional play and learning areas.


The support provided at the centre will also be extended to the parents and carers.


Mum Andrea Brighouse is the managing director of My Life My Choice Ltd and has been running similar centre called Blue Tin Roof in Blackburn for more than 11 years.


She said: “My eldest child, whom is now a 26-year-old adult has Neurofibromatosis, learning disabilities and autism. I had previously worked in the respite industry for over 10 years where I gained an understanding of the industry and the challenges faced by carers and centres alike.


Like other parents in my situation I came to a place where I thought I could do it better and provide a level of care I thought was right so I started the first centre.”


My Life My Choice will provide 24-hour respite services, seven days per week, 52 weeks per year.


This will include hourly care, before and after school clubs and outreach services for children and young adults, and support services for parents, guardians and carers. All services provided are flexible, responsive and tailor made to meet each individual’s needs.


Andrea said: “We are on-call 24 hours per day, for those families that need such a high level of provision. Those families can ring us up in the middle of night or in an emergency and we will be there immediately to provide the support or care needed.


We also plan to take clients on activity holidays.


We know there is a need for this type of service in the area and are committed to doing what we can to help.”


The centre is due to open after Easter and Andrea said there is already a waiting list for some services.


Andrea praised the support she was given by NatWest Healthcare Relationship Director Gary Swift. She had been working with another bank and was introduced to Gary by David Sharpe of Pierce Accountants in Blackburn.


David Sharpe and the Pierce Corporate Finance Team helped Andrea develop her business plan and provided expert advice on how to move forward with the project.


£3000 Funding for Exporting Products and Services

We have just received this Message from East Lancs Chamber of Commerce
Early Christmas Present for Exporters – £3000
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£3000 Funding available for Exporting Products and Services
Export funding up to the value of £3000 is available to Lancashire companies currently exporting or who are looking to start exporting.
This funding and support can help with costs associated with :-
  • Visiting an overseas market – flights & accommodation are eligible.
  • Communicating with international buyers – translations and interpreters services are eligible.
  • Presenting your company to an international audience – websites, SEO, promotional/sales literature are eligible
  • Accessing Specialist Consultancy Services – Intellectual Property, Branding, Marketing are eligible, and so on
The Support element provides a two day Export Strategy Development Workshop held at various locations, and dates have just been released for:-
29 & 30 January 2014  –  5 & 6 February 2014  –  12 & 13 February 2014  –  18 & 19 February 2014  –  26 & 27 February 2014
This package of support costs just £250+VAT.
If exporting features on your horizon, please ring the International Trade Team on 01254 356454 or 01254 356400 to see how you can access this support and funding, and start 2014 with some real export cheer.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the International Trade Team!!!
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