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Business is beautiful.

An enterprising teenager has decided to take her future into her own hands.

When 19-year-old Lyndsey Armstrong thought she was about to lose her job, she decided to make sure she never had to rely on an employer again.

Lyndsey, from Towneley Terrace, High Spen, Gateshead, started her own business.

The former Ryton Comprehensive pupil had been working at Head 2 Toe beauty salon in Ryton since August 2005 but when the owner announced it was to close, she had no fears about starting out alone.

The Prince's Trust ( the Prince of Wales' Charity which helps people aged 16 to 30 ( provided all the help and inspiration she needed.

Lyndsey, who trained at Phoenix College in Blaydon after finishing her GCSEs, approached the charity in February and received a grant of pounds 2,500 to buy equipment and sunbeds.

Now she has opened her own shop, Pinkies, in West View, Lemington, Newcastle.

Three weeks after the opening, she says Pinkies beauty salon and tanning shop is already a success.

She said: "It's been going really well. I've taken about pounds 200 every day since opening and I think that's pretty good for a new business."

"I decided I didn't want to have to keep moving jobs and thought, why don't I just open up my own business?"

Lindsay says it hasn't all been easy, but she is confident of success.

She said: "I was really nervous about doing it but the Prince's Trust has been a huge help."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2006
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