While on work experience at Jasper Conran, during her first few years in the UK, Mojgan Bellamy decided she was capable of running her own dress studio.
She approached the Prince’s Trust, the organisation that helps 14-30 year olds to develop confidence, learn new skills and get into work.
The trust put her in touch with David Endicott who provided financial guidance for the business that Bellamy had always dreamed of.
Endicott claims: ‘It was evident that Mojgan had the potential to create a successful business and I am delighted to have been involved from its inception and that with my help, together with the Prince’s Trust, she has been able to establish herself so successfully.’
And the dream came true for Bellamy in 1995 when Mojgan Design Studio was founded selling evening gowns and wedding dresses, all designed by Bellamy. The studio has doubled its earnings every year for the last five years and has moved to bigger premises three times.
Many of Bellamy’s customers travel from London to visit the studio. She has about 50 individual gowns in stock at a time. They either choose from these or she designs personally. ‘Customers give their ideas and select the fabric and I create their dream dress,’ she says.
Tony Marshall, former chairman of Princes Trust in Dorset and South Wiltshire says: ‘We are delighted that David was able to spare the time to help. We welcome support from professional people who are prepared to act as mentors or provide advice.
‘I hope that even more chartered accountants will feel able to contribute in this extremely valuable way as a result of the Everybody Counts initiative.’
Providing support to new enterprises is an extremely valuable contribution that chartered accountants can make to the community.
This is just one of the many ways in which chartered accountants can become involved in the ICAEW’s Everybody Counts initiative.
As well as recognising the thousands who give their time to voluntary work, the initiative hopes to encourage more to do so.
Over the last few months, Accountancy Age has highlighted some of the contributions already being made. Graham Lamont, for instance, helped build a theatre in Keswick in the Lake District.
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