Lauren Mcleod, Director of Pop-up Pilates, took part in the housing associations’ Health Entrepreneur Programme and was awarded £1,800 to develop her business.
The 36-year-old senior physiotherapist runs Pilates classes across Oxford and established the business out of her desire to help people avoid health problems. Lauren and her specialist team of instructors incorporate education and mindfulness into their sessions to promote improved health and wellbeing.
The online programme run by A2Dominion offers grants of up to £2,000, access to business experts and provides support with applications and industry-related requirements to help businesses to grow.
Since receiving the funding, Lauren has seen an increase in uptake, including more than 100 attendees to her post-natal classes.
Lauren, who previously practised as a physiotherapist in the NHS before she pursued her business dreams, said: “The course has given me the confidence to take my business to the next level and our services have improved as a result.
“The grant has helped me develop my links with the local community and create classes that interlink care with public health services. We now offer postnatal support at our classes.”
One customer said: “I would like to say how wonderful Lauren is and how grateful I am for the support in getting back into some form of shape. I’m always so impressed by how inclusive and flexible you are. Thank you so much, you’re providing such a fantastic service in the community.”
A2Dominion manages more than 2,500 homes across Oxford and its Health Entrepreneur Programme forms part of its wider commitment to make a difference to the communities in which they operate in.
The housing association invested £1.3mn on community investment activities to support customers and communities in 2022/23.
Read more about A2Dominion’s Community Investment here: https://a2dominion.co.uk/services/Communities
Read more about Pop-up Pilates: https://pop-up-pilates.com/