AN entrepreneur has turned her love of dance into a business success.
Kim Ross, 20, is hoping her dance school can win the Hartlepool Mail-backed Local Business Accelerators competition.
The school called KR Dance has only been operating for a year but has already found a niche in the market.
It offers people a way to increase their confidence and self esteem and to overcome problems such as anxiety and grief.
She said: “We are trying to make a difference to people’s lives particularly with the government funding cuts to counselling and NHS services in the North-East.”
Kim said her biggest success in her first year has been “gaining a contract with local charity Hartlepool Mind.”
KR Dance, based in Grantham Avenue, works with the charity to offer vulnerable people help with issues such as anxiety, panic, and grief through dance.
“We teach dance and fitness and allow clients to use this as a platform for self expression,” said Kim.
But Kim is hoping for more success in the future and explained: “We are applying for funds for a therapy centre for people with mental or physical health issues. I believe there is a gap in the market for a business like ours.”
Kim is hoping to win LBA as a way of promoting the company further.
She said: “We do not have the funding to tell people of the work we do in the local community. We tend to rely on word of mouth to keep the business going, but this is not a long term sustainable way of ensuring the future of the business.”
There is still time for more businesses to to enter the competition.
Newspapers including the Mail are pledging an unprecedented £15m of free advertising to the most dynamic fledgling enterprises which enter LBA.
The bold initiative, backed by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden, is being spearheaded by the voice of local media, the Newspaper Society.
Local Business Accelerators is open to all businesses that are active in the local community, between one and three years old and full of potential.
If you run such a business, or know anyone who does, and want the chance to receive invaluable business support and advertising space in the Mail, visit for more information on the scheme and how to enter.
Entries close on Monday, November 14.