Peter is on the road to recovery after language tuition provides a route back into work

29 Nov 2017


After some health setbacks changed his plans, Peter Sebastian is planning a new future in language teaching after receiving support from St Helens Chamber.

Peter currently receives Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after an injury to his back left him unable to work to pay for his masters degree at Birkbeck College.

Curious about how he could get into self-employment, he attended a ‘Be Your Own Boss’ event at Liverpool Central Library, a workshop delivered by St Helens Chamber which helps people decide whether or going into working for themselves or starting a new business is for them.

Advisers provide guidance on the viability of your business idea or point you in the direction of The Chamber’s business startup service, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to get your business off the ground.

Prior to attending the event, Peter had been working a few hours a week at a language school, teaching English to adults after gaining a TESOL qualification, and wanted to know if this could provide a root to self-employment.

Following the Be Your Own Boss event, Peter met with a business start-up adviser from St Helens Chamber who helped him develop a business plan.

He explains: “Producing the business plan helped me give serious consideration to moving forward with ESOL adult teaching, in relation to the language school and also myself as a private tutor.”

Peter also attended a series of SFEDI (Small Firms Development Initiative) approved Business Start-up workshops, delivered by St Helens Chamber, which have given him a practical insight into what he needs to do to set up his business.

He said: “The workshops helped me move forward. Before I completed the workshops I felt like I was stuck in a cul-de-sac, now I feel that the door is open. The staff at the Chamber were an example of enthusiasm and commitment, they gave a good example of how to behave professionally with humanity and good humour.”

Since making contact with the Chamber’s business start-up team, Peter has taken on two private clients. In the future, he hopes to gain experience and confidence in tutoring.

For more information about St Helens Chamber Business Start Up services, call us now on 0845 340 9980 or email