An unemployed mum has established a new business providing a mobile crèche for horse-loving parents.
Angela Amos, from Wooton Wawen near Stratford-Upon-Avon, will travel to horse show events in her newly-acquired bus to offer amateur and professional riders to leave their children with qualified child minders through her new business Pegasus Playbus.
The former nanny secured a loan of £8,000 from Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust to enable her to buy the 28-year-old double-decker and convert it into a mobile play service.
“The play bus will provide a safe play and crèche facility,” Ms Amos said.
“I’m delighted to have landed this funding because there isn’t any childcare provision at horse events.
“I am offering a unique service that is generating lots of interest within Ponies Association (UK) and British Show Pony Society.”
Former county rider Ms Amos has an NVQ level 2 in child care, and has registered the crèche with Ofsted, and holds an HGV licence – which will both prove invaluable for her new business.
She has decorated her yellow bus with imaginative play equipment, and aims to cater for children between two and eight-years-old at shows like Horse of the Year.
Her talents have also been passed on to eight–year-old daughter Gracie, who has competed in the show ring since the age of three.
She said: “I owned three horses and competed quite a bit when I was younger. Then starting a family forced it to the background for a few years.
“I approached Enterprising Warwickshire because I had a lack of working capital and had been turned down by my bank. I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to get a loan because of the economic situation at the time,” she added.
“I was advised to apply to CWRT and I used the assistance of the chamber to develop the detailed business plan and cash flow forecast that were important parts of my loan application.”
Partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Advantage West Midlands, the CWRT programme provides businesses and entrepreneurs with ‘last resort’ loans of between £500 and £40,000.
Susie Howarth, CWRT senior loans officer said Pegasus Playbus had an innovative idea and a strong business plan to back it up.
She added: “When she approached us I was impressed by how passionate Angela was about the product and by how much effort she has invested in it.
“The CWRT loan will allow the company to build momentum so it can have the success it deserves and I am sure that there are many other budding entrepreneurs in Warwickshire who could benefit from this fund.”