‘I lost my job... but now I’m stronger’

FIGHTING FIT Kelly Fielding who set up her own fitness business is up for an award.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (113980-1)

FIGHTING FIT Kelly Fielding who set up her own fitness business is up for an award. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113980-1)

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WHEN Kelly Fielding lost her job three years ago, her life was turned upside down.

But now, the 30-year-old has been nominated for an award after starting her own business.

Kelly lost her job as a gym instructor when the company she worked for went into liquidation.

For six months she struggled to find work and the threat of mortgage payments was looming over her.

But she joined The Prince’s Trust enterprise programme which eventually secured her a loan of £1,900 that she used to set up her own personal fitness business called Body Blast Boot Camp.

‘I wanted to do what I was qualified to do,’ she said.

‘I’d seen this advert for the Prince’s Trust. I thought about setting my own business up and getting a bit of funding in.

‘I thought that this was my opportunity to do something for myself.’

Now, Kelly has been nominated for the RBS Enterprise Award, which recognises those who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business.

She has nothing but praise for The Prince’s Trust.

‘It’s good for people to get them started,’ she said.

‘It gives them a little bit of confidence as well. If I hadn’t had the money from them I wouldn’t have got as big as I am now so quickly.

‘That sum of money definitely helped me get started. For young people it’s great.

‘I wish it had come round earlier.’

Kelly said she was thrilled to be nominated for the award.

‘At first I thought it’s a bit mad but then with everything I have achieved over the last three years I think I deserve to get the award,’ she said.

‘I wanted to make sure I was a success. I was made up.’

The business has expanded and branches have now been opened in Emsworth, Clanfield, Whiteley, Portchester and Fareham.

She has begun to offer boot camp weekends that incorporate fitness with healthy eating workshops.

Kelly added: ‘I’m so happy that I’m self employed.

‘I should have tried to start my own business a long time ago but I wasn’t confident enough to take a chance on myself.

‘The Prince’s Trust has given me the support I needed to create a business I am passionate about.’

The awards ceremony will take place at Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday, November 24.

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