Holy Cow! I have been blessed with social enterprise funding

Monday, April 29, 2013

You may not know, but I have a 'real' job. I work as a research technician at an East London university.  Recently, I reached out to the Careers department and signed up to mentor students you were starting their own business.  During this meeting, I found out the university offers funding to entrepreneurial students and staff.

PT Mollie was successful pitched as a social enterprise battling obesity. Did you know that obesity has direct costs to the NHS of over £5 billion/year?  Did you know that over 62% of men and 57% of women are classified as overweight or obese?

The graph below shows how the prevelance of obesity has increased for men and women since 1993.

All images in this post are from the Health Survey for England (1993-2011)

I hope to help combat that with a new certification that allows doctors to refer at-risk patients to me.  New training courses will also allow me to increase my geographic reach in London because TRX equipment is lighter than those old dumbbells.

My grant asked for £4000 but I am very happy to have received the following generous partial funding:

  • £699: Exercise referral certification 
  • £300: Vistaprint for business cards etc.
  • £188 : TRX course
  • £239: TRX Kit
  • £80: Pannier bag to carry TRX equipment
  • £170: Indoor Cycling Conference
  • £80: Indoor Cycling Association membership
  • £250: Tablet 

One thing that came up in my interview was how do I plan on reaching potential obese clients.  The GP referral will be a fantastic way to meet people who would benefit from help.  Do you have any other ideas on how I can let people know I am here to help?


  1. Congrats! sounds like you are onto a good thing here! :)

  2. Hi Mollie,

    Just found your blog and really like your approach to wellness. The obesity/overweight problem at the moment is incredible - and it's rising!

    I also recognise you too. Having been a PT in and around London for over 10 years now, we must have seen eachother at some point. Or maybe just a familiar face!?

    Anyway, your post asked for ideas on letting people know you are here to help... I also run a website - www.GymBuzz.com - which is a review site for Gyms and Personal Trainers. If you have some previous willing clients you can start a profile on the site and have your clients review your services so that others in the future can find you and hopefully relate to the previous experiences of the others.

    I'm not sure if your comments allow links, so I will e-mail you as well, as it would be great to talk more about how we can support you in your mission.

    I hope this helps,

    Brett Sanders


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