Tanya has been a friend of StartUp Croydon since her sister joined our Bootcamp in 2021, and together they entered our BOXPARK competition project with their business, TNK Catering.
Unfortunately, TNK didn’t win the BOXPARK competition, but that didn’t hold Tanya back, as she recognised she had more to offer and to push forward with her business development.
Tanya successfully applied to join our renowned Business Incubator programme, a bi-annual business development program that runs for three months and culminates in a competitive pitching process with her own original business venture T&N Naturals, an exotic sea moss juice brand. Not only did Tanya complete the program, but she was recognised as a winner in the competitive pitch and stood out to our team for her infectious personality and energy.
As TNK continues to go from strength to strength, Tanya found herself with some spare time mid-week and actually approached us to see if there was anything she could do to help and support us! Her proactive approach really appealed to us, so we looked at resources and create a role that would add to our current team, taking the pressure off other team members whilst adding so much energy.
Tanya has recently graduated as a mature student from LSBU with first-class honours in Business Management. She has been on a journey of development to improve herself, and now that her children are older, has more freedom to achieve these personal ambitions.
In Tanya’s own words:
Start-Up Croydon has opened its doors for me they have given me an opportunity to do things I was afraid to do. The company is a charity that helps entrepreneurs who want to start their business venture. The team is amazing, and I am looking forward to working as part of the team. My contribution to the company is my drive and willingness to learn new skills that will help me to develop effectively as a community manager. Every day is a learning experience for me.
We are delighted to welcome Tanya to our team as Community Manager and look forward to working together to continue to bring community and life into Weatherill House, making it the ideal place to call your small business home.