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across the UK encouraging readers to ‘Live and Love Local’- a timely endeavour when local economies and communities seem more real and reliable than the global economy.


For Rachael Dunseath of Myroo Skincare www.myroo.co.uk the decision to take voluntary redundancy from her job as a senior marketing manager and start up her own business was complicated by the fact that she had a young family to think of. She had always dreamed of making the most of her creative and business skills and voluntary redundancy gave her the chance to do this. “I can’t imagine returning to corporate life, ever”, she says. Rachael’s courage and resourcefulness make her a great role model for her children.


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A common theme running throughout these stories is the importance of being surrounded by supportive people. “My family and friends have been amazing”, says Anna Ryan of www.funkydivadesigns. com. “They are 100% behind what I am doing and I couldn’t do it all without them.” Photographer Mike Oakes of www.michaeljoakes.com also appreciates having a sounding board for ideas. “I used some of [my former


colleagues] to provide me with feedback on my work to make sure I wasn’t going down the wrong path. That helped me to pull together a portfolio which I had confidence in.”


For most people, the decision to ‘give up the day job’ is not an easy one. There are many worries and fears at play – how to survive financially, fear of it not working out, self-doubt about being able to do it at all. But it’s


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