New fitness business is the bee’s knees

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? This was the case for a local mum of four as she went from being a part-time student to a business owner in just seven months through part-time study and a business start-up programme at a leading local College.

Having originally studied a Part-time course in YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music), Jane Bees from Hayle decided that it was time to put her knowledge into practice by starting a business.

Her first step was to update her knowledge through additional Part-time courses at Truro and Penwith College, which included Aerobics and Kettlebells as well as First Aid Training. Not only did Jane find the courses informative and helpful but the part-time aspect meant she could juggle her courses and her children easily. “Being on a Saturday you can fit it around work and other commitments you’ve got,” said Jane.

“All of the instructors are really nice and friendly and really informative,” Jane began. “And the best part is that they want you to pass. When I finished my aerobics course, Sara said to me ‘you have to go out and start a class, I’ve not had someone do it like you’ve done it, you need to go out and make something of it.’ I didn’t expect that, it really did make me think that I could go off and do it.”

And go off and do it she did. Upon completing her courses, Jane looked into how to start her own fitness business. “I had no idea about where to start but my uncle recommended Spark,” said Jane.

After sending off an email, Jane received an invitation to a two-day workshop with Spark, a programme delivered by the College and funded by the European Regional Development Fund to help entrepreneurs bring their idea to life. “I went with no idea of a business whatsoever I just had the idea of doing some classes somewhere. I now have a business completely set up and I only met with them in February.

“They told me about taxes and things that you worry about before starting your own business. All those little things that are making you go Aaaahhhh they sit down and go through with you so you think actually I can do that.

“It’s all gone quite quick actually. I’ve gone from a qualification in September to having my own business in April. And it’s all in one place!”

Kirsty Richards, Spark Project Coordinator, was very impressed with Jane’s journey: “What a transformation in such a short space of time. We have gone from a nervous business idea to a motivated business woman, setting her own goals and future. Looking at the fitness world and helping all abilities get fit and feel great, Jane’s Bees Body Squad is swarming with great ideas.”

Alison Collick, the Fitness Course Coordinator at Truro and Penwith College, added: “Jane worked incredibly hard during her courses and impressed everyone with her instruction and professionalism. Jane is an excellent instructor and I wish her every success in the future.”

Jane’s new business, Bees Body Squad, started with its first class on Tuesday, with amazing feedback from the attendees. To find out about classes, head to or follow the Facebook page @BeesBodySquad.