Single mums raise issues with Government advisors

Tracey Longmuir and a team of single mums at Downing Street where they spoke to the PM's special adviser, Daniel Korski, about how government can help lone mothers who want to start their own business.
Tracey Longmuir and a team of single mums at Downing Street where they spoke to the PM's special adviser, Daniel Korski, about how government can help lone mothers who want to start their own business.

When Tracey Longmuir began to buckle under the pressure of raising a child and coping with a relationship break-up, keeping her newly started dog walking and pet sitting business was tough going.

But the 38 year old refused to be beaten and pulled out all the stops to keep her business afloat.

Last week the entrepreneur, who gave up a job managing the accounts team for an international print management company to start up Isis Pet Care, was invited to No 10 Downing Street along with a group of enterprising single mums.

They met the Prime Minister’s special advisor Daniel Korski and Laura Trott, adviser on women’s issues, education and childcare, to discuss how the government can help single mums to start their own business.

Tracey said: “When things went wrong I had a choice, move back to Leeds from where we had relocated to Bourne or soldier on and make the business I had started a success. I decided to stay.”

What started off as a dog walking, pet sitting, boarding and dog training service run by Tracey on her own in Bourne two-and-a-half years ago now employes eight members of staff and is going from strength to strength.

Isis Pet Care Ltd, which two months ago launched the new Isis Doggy Daycare in Little Bytham, now between them provide all round care for pets in the Bythams, Stamford, Deepings, Bourne and surrounding areas.

Tracey, who lives in Corby Glen with her 19-month-old son Conor said: “I was thrilled to be asked to join the meeting.

“It gave us the opportunity to raise with Mr Korski and Ms Trott issues such as tax deductible childcare, easier access to information and advice on what support is available to start a business and the need for of quality mentoring for single mums.

“We also pointed out that single parents need grants not loans to encourage them to set up on their own.”

Tracey admits life for single mums is no walk in the park, especially if like her they have no family nearby.

But she added: “The key is to keep going even in the face of adversity.

“The motivation for me was to provide for my son and to make sure I could give him a good start in life.

“so my advice to others in the same situation is believe that you can get through whatever life throws at you, because you can.”

For information about Tracey’s dog care business go to www.isispetcare.com