The Iron Ladies

Iron LadiesClair Ridgewell

Clair, aged 36, is separated with four children under 10 and lives in West Norwood. She came to the enterprise course in September 2012 after seeing an advert at High Trees. She  was keen to be fully self-employed after finishing – despite the pressures of being threatened with eviction due to the benefit cap.

Clair, who doesn’t have an academic background, was an exemplar student. Soon after completion, Colin met Clair for a Friday surgery catch-up, only to find out that she has come off benefits and launched her cleaning company called The Iron Ladies. She now employs five people.

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