One North West based entrepreneur, Amanda Olley, is entering her fourth year of business after she took the decision to start her own Town Planning consultancy, Summit Planning Associates.
She spoke with Property Aspects about it: “The idea of eventually setting up my own practice had always been in the back of my mind and then at the beginning of 2011 a number of professional and personal factors came together to make it the right time to make the jump.
It’s been the best thing I could have done. I’m still doing what I love and the business is going from strength to strength.”
According to a report by Business Aspects Magazine a lot of businesses are being started right here in the North West. According to the report, company formations are rising, with 787 new companies being formed – more than any other year in the history of the area and a rise on the previous year.
In another report, research by the Royal Bank of Scotland shows that it is women who are starting their own businesses for increased job satisfaction and a better work-life balance.
“Since setting up Summit Planning Associates, I have come across so many people who have also started their own businesses in the last 3-4 years. To say that we are still in a struggling economy, it seems that this is the climate that breeds entrepreneurialism. Threats of redundancy and decreasing job satisfaction in a shrinking jobs market seems to light the entrepreneur fuse in those people who want to have more control over their own destiny and not leave their future to chance.”
“Setting up my own practice has added many new working relationships to those that were already well-established. One of the core principles of the practice, is a collaborative approach to the assembly of project-specific teams which allows us to maintain a competitive advantage and provide maximum value to our clients, without compromising the quality of service provided.”
Amanda Olley has been a Chartered Town Planner for 15 years and is an expert in her field. For more information, contact Summit Planning Associates