Tracey had been diagnosed with ME and had struggled with depression and unemployment for over six years, following the trauma of her husband’s death in 2009.

She met with Julie-Anne Macey of Pinnacle People’s New Enterprise Allowance team in February last year to explore the possibility of starting her own business.

Tracey’s life-long dream had been to run her own cattery, however there were areas of the business with which she needed advice. Julie-Anne initially helped in developing Tracey’s business plan and financial documents.

Tracey said it was invaluable to have someone “at the end of the phone if needed”.

The business plan was approved in May and after significant renovations to the premises and cattery facilities, Fondbrigg Cottage Cattery opened for business. Since the redevelopment, the cattery has been exceptionally popular and following some online promotion, has also begun catering for the niche market of rabbit and guinea pig boarding.

The independence provided by running her own business has given Tracy the opportunity to manage her own schedule, and the freedom to manage her health condition without the worry of losing her job.

Tracey’s plans for the future include expanding the business to include; a fully appointed cattery kitchen; an office to greet customers; and she would like to use additional land to increase capacity to ensure Fondbrigg Cottage Cattery remains the most sought after, professional and trusted cattery in North Yorkshire.

Pinnacle People are delighted to have helped Tracy turn her fortunes around. We wish her the best of luck with her venture and look forward to providing continued support over the coming months.


More information on Tracey’s business can be found on the Fondbrigg Cottage Cattery website.