GETTING a new business off the ground is never easy.
And for David Buck it was doubly difficult due to his disability.
But David, aged 57, is proving that being disabled doesn’t mean you can’t run a business.
His new venture Micro-light Flight Lessons, based at Sheffield Aero Club at Netherthorpe, near Worksop, is taking off thanks to the support of Bolsover District Council’s Work for Yourself programme.
David said: “I had been running my previous business as a keep-fit instructor but, after about 13 years of running six miles every day, my legs were worn out and I couldn’t even get upstairs.
“I had treatment but was told my working life had finished because I was too young to have replacement knees.
“So it was awful being out of work for nearly two years.
“But then I realised my health condition need not stop me starting a new business based on my 20 years of hobby micro-light flying.
“I managed to get some grants for more training so now I’m a fully-qualified flight instructor. I’ve moved from being down in the dumps with my disability to sitting in my new smart office - it’s really uplifting.”
David, of Bolsover, runs two micro-light aircraft and has trainees coming from as far as London. He said: “The micro-lights are similar to a motorised glider but with an open cockpit.
“It’s the purist form of flying - out in the open, just like the early pioneers.”
The Work for Yourself programme helps people with long-term health conditions and disabilities to become self-employed and start their own businesses.
The help is funded by Bolsover and Chesterfield borough councils for local residents.
n Log on to www.businessability.co.uk or contact Margaret Mitchell on 0845 459 2547 or 01252 721 239 for more information.