Karen graduated from the University of Brighton with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. She runs her own clinic, First Foot Clinic in Shoreham-by-Sea.
“In podiatry, there are several avenues of employment on offer,” says Karen, “and whilst I initially started my career as a self-employed associate, I have been running my own clinic, alongside my husband Martin, for the past five years. We provide a professional, friendly and caring specialist podiatry service to treat a wide range of conditions affecting the foot and lower limb.”
Setting up the clinic was a challenge, says Karen. “Although we each had skills and knowledge that together could be beneficial in this process, we both had a lot to learn along the way. For us, I think the biggest challenge was putting together a business plan. beepurple has been a support to us over the years.”
Karen attended UltraViolet, beepurple’s summer startup course. “I have also been in touch at times when developing the business and when I had a product development idea. I was able to have a one-to-one session to discuss this with an expert in the field who gave excellent advice on the processes, cost and legalities of product development.”