THREE determined women over 50 are proving that age is just a number after changing careers to set up their own business in a Wakefield shopping centre.
Lynne Thompson, Sandra Bradbury and Norah Pitchforth all run independent retail outlets at The Ridings Centre.
Former purchasing manager Lynne, 57, has set up Created in Yorkshire – a co-operative run by 25 different craft makers, offering hand-made crafts.
She said: “I have a creative and artistic side that I always thought would lend itself well to retail. As I got older my confidence grew and with many life experiences under my belt, it spurred me on to pursue a passion of mine.”
She added: “It is never too late and your age should not act as a barrier. My advice would be to just go for it; the only person that stops you is yourself.”
Norah, 69, was semi-retired and selling antiques on the internet before setting up Wakefield Antiques and Collectables Centre in September last year.
Norah, who runs the store with her husband, said: “I have always loved retail. Thanks to The Ridings I have been able to realise my dream and I hope I have many years to come in retail. I’m thoroughly enjoying it and wouldn’t change it for the world.”
She added: “You are never too old to enter into retail. You might not have as much confidence as when you were younger, but you have more life experience, which counts as a lot.”
Sandra, 68, who had worked in business management for several years, has set up the Artworld Gallery.
She said: “The independent retail scene in The Ridings has grown enormously since I have become a retailer here. That’s what makes the centre different, as well as having your high street giants you can also browse unique independents selling one-of-a-kind pieces.”