Former RAF officer shows resilience to develop new app

Former RAF officer shows resilience to develop new app

Former Royal Air Force (RAF) Flight Lieutenant Paul Dixon was inspired to launch an app to help others after he suffered a traumatic injury.

Tapping into advice from Business Gateway Lanarkshire, and working with psychologist and trauma expert Dr Ian Barron of the University of Dundee, Paul and his business partner Lee Cairns, launched Nurture at the end of last month.

The software provides users with monitoring, goal setting and mind-set mapping tools that Paul and Lee - who was paralysed from the waist down after a car accident in 2004 -  still use on a daily basis.

The product is the first app to be unveiled by the duo’s business, Resilience Recapture.

Paul (37), from Lanark, said: “Nurture isn’t just for people who have faced life-changing events like Lee and I have; it’s for anyone looking to get more out of their lives – whether it’s a promotion, a more fulfilling relationship or increased self-confidence.

“By allowing you to track your emotions, set realistic goals and access an online community for support, Nurture helps you be the best you can be.

“When I left the RAF I saw a TV advert for Business Gateway so decided to go to them for advice on how to develop our original face-to-face mentoring programme into a business, my adviser was a grounding influence.

“His diplomatic approach kept us from going down the wrong path, and his advice on intellectual property, IT and business administration was invaluable - if he hadn’t put us in touch with Interface we would never have met Dr Barron which led us to develop the app.”

Tom Pettigrew, Business Gateway Lanarkshire, said: “Nurture has the potential to help people throughout the world achieve their goals, and we’re delighted our support has helped Paul and Lee launch the app.

“They’ve big plans for their business, including potentially white labelling Nurture for corporates to help them monitor staff wellbeing and professional development, and we will continue to offer assistance as their business evolves.”