Susan cleans up in business

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AN Alnwick woman celebrated the launch of her new business following support from a Northumberland social enterprise.

Susan Straughan, from Swarland, has started Outshine Cleaning, providing domestic cleaning services to a range of clients around the area.

Outshine was officially launched at Café Delicious in Alnwick, with a huge show of support from Susan’s family, clients and business contacts.

The 49-year-old said: “I didn’t really have a clue where to start but I contacted Neil Osborne, enterprise facilitator at Northern Reaction and he has helped me every single step of the way.”

Neil introduced Susan to people who could help her with financial management – preparing her tax returns and setting up her bookkeeping, among other things.

Neil said she is just one example of how Northern Reaction is helping people set up their own businesses.