Mobility initiative launches third ‘enterprise’ generation

4 Ever Able.'Unit 4, Sycamore Centre, Rotherham.'Allan Wood of UKSE pictured with proprietor Victoria Ryan.
4 Ever Able.'Unit 4, Sycamore Centre, Rotherham.'Allan Wood of UKSE pictured with proprietor Victoria Ryan.
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A young woman from Rotherham has launched a mobility business - and become the third generation of entrepreneur in her family.

Victoria Ryan, aged 24, from Upper Haugh near Wentworth, this month launched 4 Ever Able installing home adaptations after spotting a gap in the market while working as a mobile hairdresser.

“I used to be a mobile hairdresser and catered for a lot of people with mobility issues. I realised that there was nowhere close to Rotherham where they could go and try out mobility adaptations; to see how raised seating, special doors or wheelchair access works in practice.

“It makes such a difference to people when they can go and see what their own bathroom could look and work like. I then got to thinking that I could link up with my dad to be my preferred plumber and fitter, which means I have total confidence in my supply chain.”

Victoria has fitted out showrooms at the Sycamore Centre on Eastwood Trading Estate with eight different bathrooms thanks to help from her father who runs his own plumbing and fitting business. And his dad had a plumbing business before him.

She also received a grant from UK Steel Enterprise UK which has helped more than 200 people start a business in Rotherham since 2009.

Applicants to the Kickstart Fund can also get support from Rotherham Investment & Development Office and Rotherham Youth Enterprise.

Keith Williams, regional manager for UKSE said: “Our Kickstart Fund is designed as a platform for growing small businesses. Victoria clearly has good vision for an opening in the market and the foresight to make sure she is not let down by suppliers.

“She has created a business that is all about responding to customer needs and her commitment to customer care is very evident. We want to talk to and support even more people like Victoria so more new businesses are launched in South Yorkshire.”