How she turned the corner

Shuna Stewart and Cap in her grooming room.
Shuna Stewart and Cap in her grooming room.

A mum who was made redundant from her factory job of 20 years has managed to turn the tragedy into a triumph, by starting her own dog-grooming business.

Shuna Stewart, from Warkworth, said it was a ‘huge blow’ when her role at Amble’s Northumberland Foods factory came to an end in 2010 – especially as she was heavily pregnant at the time.

But she was determined not to let the job loss get the better of her, and after giving birth to her daughter Amelia Grace, she opted for a career change.

And she has not looked back.

Having achieved distinctions in a dog-grooming course she has gone on to start business Groom to Bloom.

Working from home, she has a purpose-built salon and has already built up a small, regular client base.

“It is a story of determination, application, hard work and a vision,” said the animal-loving 41 year-old.

“After the major blow of redundancy, I thought hard about how to use my strengths and capabilities to apply them to a new future.

“I love animals, especially dogs, so I chose to do dog grooming. Now I have a small business, which also fits in with my family commitments.”

For details, contact Shuna on 07534 509045 or email