I use the skills I have gained in my roles at Rideout Motorcycles and transfer that passion when working in schools and colleges as a Welsh Government Big Ideas Role Model or when I am mentoring new start up enterprises through Virgin Start-Up
Rideout is the only scooter
salvaging company in Wales. Trading primarily in the online marketplace, the
ten year old business has gone from strength to strength and now exports around
the world and employs four people.
Helen has completed a Degree and Post Graduate Diploma, she has a lifelong love of learning and is currently studying for a PGCE, and she also lectures at the University on a part-time basis.
We caught up with Helen to ask her some questions:
What did you study, and when did you graduate?
I've studied a number of courses and graduated initially from the Foundation Degree Business and Enterprise in 2014. I continued on to the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship from a Gender Perspective (2015) and during the same period started towards by PGCE qualification. I'm due to graduate in 2016.
European funding meant it was financially accessible for me. Also the part time hours meant I could work and study at the same time, although this did involve some very, very late nights.
The incredible people I met and the connections I made, the opportunity to develop my critical and analytical skills and just the sheer joy of learning.
I established Rideout after graduating and have moved into larger premises. It has also fired a desire in me to do more with my life, so I now sit on the board of a charity. I am setting up a social enterprise and I helped establish the South Wales branch of the Women’s Equality Party. I use the skills I have gained in my roles at Rideout Motorcycles and transfer that passion when working in schools and colleges as a Welsh Government Big Ideas Role Model or when I am mentoring new start up enterprises through Virgin Start-Up.
Establishing a business when my husband nearly died. Our business folded and we nearly lost our home, Rideout rose from those ashes and grew year on year during the deepest and longest recession we have had for generations.
Don’t give up. Keep making the world a more positive place and remind yourself of all your achievements. Go out there and do what you know you can do.