LEAP Success Stories

2017 Winner – Anna Lane

The Candidate:

Anna Lane applied to take part in LEAP after her mum read about it in the local paper! Anna and her business partner Nicola had 14 years’ experience working as therapists but had never run their own business.

The Business Idea:

Working as therapists for the past 14 years, Anna and Nicola developed their love of massage into practical knowledge and their combined efforts have led them to organise, manage and create running spas at festivals. Treatment Tents bring a ready-made spa to any location, whether that be hotels, festivals, hen parties, corporate days or local residences transforming any space into a world of relaxation, joy and peace bringing any individual to a point of tranquillity.

The Reality:

As a result of taking part in LEAP Anna and Nicola were able to buy their first tent – as opposed to hiring – the spectacular “Sky Gazer” which offers a view of the sky as clients receive their treatment. Treatment Tents latest event was at a Christmas Fair at Ightham Mote, a medieval moated manor house in Kent. The tents were set up in the grounds and offered clients the opportunity to be pampered in heated tents with views into the stunning grounds.

Anna and Nicola have also received nominations for other awards, including the innovation award at the Sussex Women of Excellence Awards and was interviewed on BBC Sussex about her business.

Anna’s thoughts after taking “The LEAP”

“LEAP has been fantastic, I genuinely feel that without this assistance I would be in a different situation. LEAP has helped me understand every aspect of the business and I feel confident to move forward with this very exciting venture”

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Natalie James

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Esther Eggerton

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Tim Danson


Tim Danson

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Shirley Sweet

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Alison Grant


Alison Grant

Alison will be re-opening Fitzroy House to the public as a performance and art venue and came second in LEAP 2017.

Katie Griffiths


Katie Griffiths

Katie creates personalised portraits and her work has recently been featured at galleries in Brighton and Ashdown Forest.

2017 Winner – Anna Lane


2017 Winner – Anna Lane

Anna Lane applied to take part in LEAP after her mum read about it in the local paper! Anna and her business partner Nicola had 14 years’ experience working as therapists but had never run their own business.

2016 Winner – Tracey Horan


2016 Winner – Tracey Horan

With a creative background, Tracey decided to apply for LEAP to see if her hobby of converting mannequins into furniture could be the basis for a successful business.

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