The owner of a Bucks tuition company is a finalist in a regional business award for women entrepreneurs.

Sian Goodspeed, owner of Flying Start Tuition Ltd, based in Chesham, is one of seven finalists in the category: ‘working with families and children’ of the Best Business Women Awards.

SianGoodspeedphotoThe annual competition, created by multi-award winning Mumpreneur Debbie Gilbert, seeks to “recognise great women in the business community, who not only are making a difference in their own lives, but also in their local communities.”

Ms Goodspeed founded Flying Start Tuition in 2009 from her kitchen table. Over the past six years, it has grown into a highly successful company, with 21 staff members across three centres, and she has future plans to franchise the business.

The former primary school teacher started the company after the birth of her first daughter, as a way of providing a more flexible income that could combine her passion for teaching with motherhood.

At the heart of Sian’s approach is the desire to empower children to take responsibility for their own learning, encouraging independent thinking and self- confidence.

“For this to take place effectively, learning should be enjoyable and we use technology, games, humour and praise to create a positive and dynamic learning environment for our pupils.”

Sian believes her ‘holistic’ approach to learning – focusing on the ‘whole’ child and incorporating a unique mix of traditional teaching methods, technology and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) sets Flying Start Tuition apart from their competitors.

The company has built an excellent reputation because of their innovative approach to tuition, customer focus and an ongoing involvement in charitable initiatives in the local community.

Ms Goodspeed is well-known as a thought leader in her field and has written a series of Eleven Plus textbooks for a national educational publisher, which are being sold throughout the UK.

The winner of the award will be announced at a black tie gala evening on 15th October at Batchwood Hall in St. Albans.

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