A property lawyer is constructing a new career as a personal trainer.
Tina Shaw, from North Shields, left her high-powered career to turn her passion for fitness into her own business enterprise thanks to help from North Tyneside Council’s The Business Factory.
The 32-year-old has launched Northern Star Fitness – a complete guidance on health, fitness and nutrition.
After being made redundant in 2008, Tina joined a running club before enrolling on courses to become a qualified fitness instructor.
And, after returning to work at another property firm, she took the plunge earlier this year to pursue her own business, getting help from The Business Factor and business adviser Janice Ross.
Tina said: “Janice’s help was invaluable. I was a complete novice when it came to utilising social media for business, hosting web domains and knowing how to present myself through my business but Janice was patient and understanding.
“My advice to anyone looking to start their own business would be to just do it. I am so much happier.”
“I get to make all of the decisions and I enjoy a far better quality of life and job satisfaction.”
In additional to fitness advice, Tina offers metabolic body assessments which allow her to offer bespoke nutrition and training plans for her clients, helping them to break down mental barriers towards food.
Currently holding a Level 3 qualification in both Personal Training and Nutrition, Tina hopes to continue her training into fitness psychology to help change the mind-sets of her clients, enabling them to achieve their goals more easily.
In addition, she is working towards securing a permanent base for Northern Star Fitness by leasing a commercial premise.
Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member with responsibility for business support, said: “It is fantastic to hear of local entrepreneurs like Tina who have pursued their passion and launched their own business.
“Northern Star Fitness is the perfect example of how an enterprise can be born out of having the right can-do attitude coupled with the right support.
“As more people want a better work-life balance, we’re seeing an increasing amount of new start-ups around the region accessing the free services of The Business Factory.
“I wish Tina all the best in her future endeavours with Northern Star Fitness – I’m sure her tenacity will stand her in good stead to achieve her goals.”
For more information on Northern Star Fitness contact Tina on 07814 014442, email email@example.com or visit www.northernstarfitness.co.uk