Smart Bear Suzi is a first class mentor for budding businesses

Suzi Zobair, left, and Tansy Dyer, of Cheeky Sew and Sew, Todmorden
Suzi Zobair, left, and Tansy Dyer, of Cheeky Sew and Sew, Todmorden

A woman who set up her own web design business while finishing her degree has been inspired to use her skills to support other firms.

Suzi Zobair, who established Smart Bear Creative at the same time as studying for her degree in multimedia and the internet, is now providing workshops on the subjects of web design and social media knowledge for businesses in the upper Calder Valley.

“It’s really rewarding for me to be able to support the local communities with something that I have been passionate about for many years,” she said. “It’s a bonus for anyone attending my courses that I have the accreditation of having recently qualified with a degree in the subject areas.”

Suzi spotted a need for start-up and small businesses, as well as those in the creative field, to access information on how to market themselves through social media but with a small budget.

She has been approached by people interested in courses ranging from using computers to interacting with social media.

The workshops are proving popular. Among those to have benefited from her advice is Tansy Dyer, owner of Cheeky Sew and Sew in Todmorden.

Tansy said: “Suzi has been such a pleasure to work with.

“She created my website, exceeding the expectations of what I wanted, and I’m still continuing to get compliments on the website.

“As a start-up business herself, she understood my budget and pitched the course and costs at the right level.

“Suzi is so good at communicating the facts that are relevant when it comes to using social media, and this has also helped my business.”

Suzi, 35, who used to be the manager in an emergency alarm call centre for the elderly before deciding on a career change, greaduated with a first class degree from Salford University earlier this year.

She was delighted to be presented with the university’s student entrepreneur of the year award.