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Stories

Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall has anxiety and depression as well as a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Read his story to find out how he decided to play to his skills, qualities and experiences, and realised his ambition to found his own business.

Abigail Pine

Abigail Pine has had epilepsy since she was three years old. Read her story to find out about the difficulties of living with an invisible illness and why her business is a family affair.

Jen Parker

Jen Parker has ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Read her story to find out why she makes self-care a priority, how working for herself has made her more healthy both mentally and physically, and how she came to be an Amazon bestseller with her book, Unflip.

Shezad Nawab MBE

Shezad Nawab MBE is profoundly deaf. Read his story to find out how being an entrepreneur was a childhood dream and how he’s bridging the gap between deaf and non-deaf businesses.

Christine Bowyer-Sopp

Christine Bowyer-Sopp, Soboan Candles, has restricted mobility, reduced energy levels, memory issues and vertigo, due to fibromyalgia and a stroke. Read her story to find out how making scented things became her therapy and then her business.

Marcus Mason-Williams

Marcus Mason-Williams, multi-talented artist and founder of Cool Art 2021, tells us how he was inspired by Henri Rousseau, why he loves to work outside, and how his art sets him free.

Jaki King

Jaki King of If Everyone Cares CIC tells us how her community maps are changing the way people can find and offer support, about her experience of receiving diagnoses later in life, and about the A to Z of positive thinking.

Lee Chambers

Lee Chambers of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing tells us about how spending time in a hospital bed helped him hone his vision of what he could contribute, the challenges of having invisible disabilities, and why disability is a beautiful world of colour.

Ed Hollands

Ed Hollands of DrivenMedia tells us about how a traffic jam gave him the idea to start his own business, his experience of appearing on Dragons’ Den, and why he doesn’t consider himself to be disabled.

Michael Beynon

Michael was born with Downs Syndrome and vision impairment. He always wanted to own his own business and in 2018 set up COALPIT Welsh cakes. Read about how his business has helped the local community, competing for Team GB, running the London Marathon and being one of Mencap's Myth Busters.

Jenny Blyth

Jenny Blyth has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and fibromyalgia. In 2014 she realised the impact of having an office based role was becoming intolerable: the pain of sitting at a desk all day and the exhaustion from the commute became too difficult to manage. Jenny decided to set up her own business: Storm in a Teacup, selling giftware.

Amanda Jayne Harman

At the age of 52 Amanda was diagnosed with autism spectrum condition (ASC) and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). In November 2021 she founded her business, Outside the Box: neurodiverse coaching and mentoring. She uses a variety of empowering tools and other strategies to coach and support neurodivergent people.