Leoanrd Cheshire Disability and a top fashion designer showing at London Fashion Week say more disabled people should have the opportunity to work in the business.
Georgina Harley-Smith from Streatham, London, designs women's contemporary couture and is no stranger to the catwalks. She is a regular exhibitor at London Fashion Week and has now set her sights on reaching an international audience.
She is backing Ready to Start, an initiative run by Leonard Cheshire Disability in partnership with Barclays, which has helped 227 disabled people to start their own business since launching just over two years ago.
Georgina, a former Ready to Start client, made the break into the fashion world thanks to the programme that helps disabled people start a business.
She said: "Designers don't always have a good grasp of how to run a business. Leonard Cheshire Disability has helped me to understand the principles of managing that successfully. I've been supported by a specialist who's treated me as an individual and focuses on my abilities."
Georgina has been able to grow her business acumen because of the support from Ready to Start if you would like to know more visit: www.readytostart.org.uk
Startups, 20th February 2009