A military wife who gained self-confidence through a university course is celebrating the successful opening of her own business in Thetford.
Shelley Worsley, 30, had a passion for floristry from young age but turned down an apprenticeship at a florists in Kent to go to university.
Now based in Thetford with military husband Billy, 29, who is placed at RAF Honington, Shelley took a free course at Wolverhampton University and started up her own floristry business, Wild Stems, in January.
“It’s a really exciting time for me, and I’m pleasantly surprised by how successful it’s been so far,” she said.
“I’ve always wanted to get back into the industry. Now, being self-employed, I can fit my job around my family.”
Shelley discovered the course while looking for a way to get back into work after having their two daughters, now three and seven months.
“In areas with a military profile, employers see your background and often write you off,” said Shelley.
“Continually being turned down for even very simple jobs it is a real kick in the teeth.”
The Dependents’ Business Start Up Programme is designed to give military spouses transferable skills to start a business which is not geographically restricted.
Shelley said: “The business and finance side put me off becoming self-employed, but the course helps with all that.
“It’s about empowering people like me to be self-employe. I can’t praise it enough.”
Shelley is also doing floristry workshops at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford, with the first on March 13 geared around Mother’s Day.