Nicki Silvanus, 21 has recently launched her own online fashion business, Secret Garden Co aimed at 16-25 year old women, specialising in statement wardrobe pieces.
After studying at Wootton Bassett’s Sixth Form, she decided against university as a career path as many people weren’t landing jobs after graduating and couldn’t pay off their debts.
Using her A levels in Business, ICT & Textiles and also working for high street fashion chains, Miss Selfridge & Topshop gave Nicki the basis of knowledge to launch her own brand.
"I found it hard to find an inspiring job in the current climate and was desperate to have a career where I had creative & managerial direction. Becoming self-employed seemed like the next logical step. I got in contact with the Princes Trust charity who placed me on a Business Start-up Course where I had the amazing opportunity to meet with business owners, entrepreneurs & HMRC officials. I still have ongoing help from the charity through my business mentor and the option to apply for a loan."
“Although it is a lot of hard work and can sometimes be lonely, I would encourage more younger people to consider self employed or freelance work. It is an amazing way to expand your skill base, meet interesting people and have the ability to exercise your own ideas. You don’t necessarily have to take out a loan and the results are definitely more satisfying than just working in a 9-5 job.”
The collection will be available online in early January at www.SecretGardenCompany.com and Nicki will be trading at market stalls & festivals next year.