Heather Baker-Heriot set up her own life coaching practice following the closure of the Redcar steel plant, and has now been appointed by Yarm based HealthHub Clinics to work alongside its existing team.
Heather’s life coaching practice is one of more than 75 new companies that have sprung up across the Tees Valley thanks to funding available through the SSI Task Force.
The fund helps to provide former SSI workers and those directly affected by the plant’s closure with advice on starting their own business.
Demand has been so great that the Task Force has allocated extra funding to increase the scheme.
Now Heather, from Stockton, plans to use the managerial skills she gained during her 25 years in industry to help others to make a difference in their own lives.
She said: “Life coaching is a very positive and motivating process which enables people to make significant and lasting changes in their lives.
“I first came across the process about six years ago and started seeing a life coach myself. Following this experience, I started my own training and quickly realised how well it fitted my personality and aspirations to work with people and help them to make a difference in their own lives.
“Originally I intended to practice my life coaching in my spare time, but the sad demise of SSI last year presented me with an opportunity to make a career doing something I feel passionate about.”
Amanda Skelton, chair of the SSI Task Force and chief executive of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Heather on setting up her new and exciting business venture.
“We are extremely encouraged by the diverse range of new businesses being started by former SSI and supply chain workers. Many people, including Heather, have shown superb creativity and enterprise in using their valuable skills to launch new companies.”