Amy Simpson, just 18, built up her own personal client base for fitness and food plans over the past six months, while running local community fitness and well-being classes.
After gaining her Personal Trainer Level 3 qualification, Amy worked as a part-time trainer with Everyone Active.
Now Amy has taken over large premises in Normanby High Street so her clients can come to her at Amy Simpson Fitness.
Amy’s tutor at Middlesbrough College, Lyndsey Smith, said: "We’re incredibly proud of Amy, and it just goes to show what you can achieve with the right training and the right attitude.
"While Amy was training at the college, she did really well and was nominated to take part in a fitness instructor national competition last year, where she succeeded in gaining fourth place out of the whole country.
"She was also a runner-up in our Student of the Year competition, and assisted with our Skinny Pigs in-college fitness classes."
Amy said: "I can’t believe how much the business has taken off. The phone is really busy and people are popping in off the street, which is a great feeling.
"I couldn’t have done it all without the experience at Middlesbrough College behind me. My tutors – Lyndsey Smith and Rich Bailey – really encouraged me, and it was working with them that gave me the inspiration to go for it.
"One of the units in my course was about business, and that gave me the knowledge to take the next steps."
Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive said she was delighted by Amy’s success. She said: "At the college, we pride ourselves on encouraging a real entrepreneurial spirit in our students and foster close links with local industry and businesses.
"It’s great that we’ve been able to provide Amy with both the skills and the inspiration to set up a successful business."
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