Former Wirral teacher bags national award after career change in lockdown

A former teacher has been given a national award for her business which she only started during lockdown.

Young entrepreneur Gaby Mendes, who started a life coaching business in 2020, has been awarded a That’ll Do Star by value-communications provider Plusnet to celebrate her achievements as a lockdown entrepreneur.

Wirral -based Gaby started her business Talk Twenties to help young people transition into adulthood. She has one simple yet crucial aim which exists at the heart of her business – supporting others.

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The 25-year-old recognised how difficult the pandemic has been for young people like herself, particularly ones trying to kick off their careers at a time when job opportunities were at an all-time low.

After receiving a strong response from the local community and beyond, Gaby said: “It’s an honour to be nominated as a Plusnet That’ll Do Star.

“The pandemic has been a difficult time for young people just starting out in the world of work. We are proud of the community we have built and we look forward to many more years supporting twenty-somethings!

“Liverpool is a vibrant and exciting city – and a great place to work, grow and scale a business.”

By embracing technology, the former teacher has been able to reach thousands of people, offering resources, training aids and life-coaching courses based on her own experiences. She also produces a podcast at Liverpool Podcast Studios which has reached almost 10,000 downloads in 10 months.

As part of her award, Gaby will receive business coaching and training via Plusnet to help strengthen and grow her business over the coming year.

Nick Silverwood, head of business at Plusnet, said: “Here at Plusnet, we know all about courage, grit and determination and that’s why we’re recognising the many thousands of businesses that took the plunge in lockdown by rewarding them with a unique That’ll Do Star.”

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