Husband and wife expand their Welsh children’s education business backed by a £20,000 micro loan from Finance Wales
A £20,000 micro loan from the Wales Micro-business Loan Fund
which is managed by Finance Wales has provided husband and wife
Dean and Vicky Bowen with the working capital to expand Health
Matters Education Ltd, their children’s education business.
The couple were working in health promotion in
schools when they spotted a gap in the curriculum for health and
fitness education for 2 – 11 year olds.
Today, the Welshpool-based company sells its
fun and active ‘Busy Feet’ Explorers toolkits and ‘Brush Your
Teeth’ packs which contain high-quality resources that are a mix of
songs, dance and interactive activities that educate children about
nutrition, exercise and health.
Both are used by early years childcare
providers and schools in Wales and England to deliver key parts of
the curriculum as well as to tackle childhood obesity.
Vicky and Dean have already used the loan to
produce their toolkits bilingually to support Welsh learners and it
will also enable them to develop new educational resources.
“Dean and I are passionate about children’s
learning and education and first spotted a gap in the curriculum
when we worked in health promotion in schools. We set up
Health Matters Education using our own funds and we’re pleased our
‘Busy Feet’ Explorers and ‘Brush your Teeth’ packs are so
popular. They’re a ‘must’ for any setting/school wanting to
improve children’s health, fitness and well-being.
“Our customers have already done a lot of our
marketing for us by recommending them to other providers and we’re
keen to build on this success. Finance Wales’ loan will
enable to develop new toolkits and start selling to early years
childcare providers and schools throughout the UK,” Vicky
Health Matters Education also runs training
and other events to support Continuous Professional Development and
Finance Wales’ loan will enable them to expand this side of the
Gaynor Morris, Investment Executive at Finance
Wales said: “Health Matters Education is an impressive company with
lots of future potential. Many early years childcare
providers and schools throughout the UK are successfully using the
company’s ‘Busy Feet’ Explorers and ‘Brush your Teeth’ resource
packs to achieve great results. The kids they’re working with
are leading fitter and healthier lifestyles.
“Vicky and Dean are experts in their field
who’ve built Health Matters Education on their passion for
children’s health education using their own capital. They
have a good understanding of the early years curriculum as well as
a wealth of new ideas and Finance Wales’ loan is providing them
with the financial boost they need to take their business
As they’ve developed and grown Health Matters
Education over the last 10 years, Vicky and Dean have built a
strong relationship with local business printers, Welshpool
Printing Group (WPG). “We’ve worked with Welshpool Printing
Group since we started our business and have developed an excellent
working relationship with them. They understand that high
quality printed materials form a key part of our resource packs and
work with us to help us implement our creative ideas and achieve
our goals,” Vicky added.
With evidence suggesting that a child’s future
choices, attainment, wellbeing, and resilience can be profoundly
affected by what happens in their early years, Health Matters
Education is committed to providing national educational resources
that promote more active and creative Early Years Foundation Phase
in Wales and for the EYFS/KS1 curriculum in England.
The resources Health Matters Education has
developed support many national initiatives including healthy
pre-school and school schemes across England and Wales. They
help to develop strategies to encourage the adoption of healthy
lifestyles and the ‘Brush your Teeth’ packs are approved by the
National Oral Health Promotion Group (NOHPG) UK.
To date, all of the settings/schools
implementing Health Matters Education’s latest, enhanced national
'Busy Feet' Explorers toolkits say they would recommend them to
other settings or schools.
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