A former South Tyneside dancer who was forced to give up her place at a top London school after funding ran out, has gone on to launch her own beauty business.
Megan Patrick was devastated when during her second year her employer went into liquidation leaving her struggling to pay her fees.
The 27-year-old had fought hard battling against idiopathic intracranial hypertension – a condition that puts pressure on the brain and requires constant medication - to fulfil her dream.
But when the bubble burst she turned her hand to the beauty industry and while training for a qualification in the industry she found a niche in the market for a dedicated brow bar.
After carrying out market research she went on to enrol on Enterprise – an intensive Prince’s Trust programme which helps young unemployed entrepreneurs start their own business - and went on to launch Brow Wow, a specialist brow shaping and sculpting business.
Through her work Megan was nominated for an award at The Prince’s Trust and TKMaxx and Home Sense Celebrate awards where she was named runner up in the Natwest enterprise award category..
I suddenly realised I had no real employability skills and I didn’t have a clue what to do next.Megan Patrick
The awards, held at The Sage Gateshead, aim to recognise the achievements of disadvantaged young people across Yorkshire and the Humber who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community. Megan is nominated for the NatWest
Megan said: “When I was accepted into the dance school, I was thrilled and worked hard to pay my fees but in my second year my employer went into liquidation and I couldn’t afford to pay anymore. Dropping out was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I suddenly realised I had no real employability skills and I didn’t have a clue what to do next.
“I can’t thank the trust enough for all the help they’ve given me. I feel so proud of Brow Wow and love being able to talk about how far I’ve come with such passion and pride.”
Megan’s business is in such demand she returned to work five weeks after giving birth to her son.
She now plans to expand her business in the region, employ staff and have her brand recognised in the industry.