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Dragons Den Extraordinare

Erika Godwin (Gender Matters Trustee and Jayne Summers (Outreach worker for Gender Matters) were joined by Elaine Stoddart , (Education Director of Sterex Electrolysis) to form a ‘Dragons Den ’ for Wolverhampton Entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to and win a fantastic business opportunity.

Sterex met Genders Matters (GM ) four years ago when they were launching their TG electrolysis course. From the very initial meeting GM’s support and help in delivering the first of its kind, specialised electrolysis Transgender course , has been invaluable. This award worth £2k is given from Laurie and Doug Cartmell as a mark of their appreciation and support for all at Gender Matters and they hope that it will offer an unparalleled opportunity for the charity to benefit their members. A top of the range SXB epilator was donated to the GM Charity and the use of this and the electrolysis training was what the entrepreneurs were competing for with the potential for building a small business opportunity. The Dragons were looking for a sound business strategy but also a very special person who would wish to ‘pay back’ to the charity possibly with reduced treatments costs for their members. Gender Matters provides a comprehensive programme of practical support, counselling, advice and information for anyone with any questions or problems concerning their gender identity, or whose loved ones are struggling with gender identity issues. As an organisation they provide support and in formation for significant others, friends, families and allies and provide assistance to professionals who supporting trans individuals.

A worthy winner was found in James Battrick: James has been an ally and friend to the trans community for several years . He is a qualified complementary therapist, and works with Gender Matters offering the many beneficiaries a chance to experience and receive regular reflexology and aromatherapy . This has proved to be very beneficial to many of those who pass through the doors of Gender Matters and with James skills and natural flair he was asked to present his case for the electrolysis training course . James presented a professional but caring and generous spirited business plan delivered with passion and understanding. “I was honoured to be selected ” said James “and look forward to my forthcoming training at Sterex. I look forward to working with Gender Matters to offer this additional service to them, their friends and families ”

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