Every business needs a push in the right direction, but not Jane Rooney, she’s a driving instructor, fleet and advanced driver trainer!
Jane originally started teaching people to drive 20 years ago but it wasn’t the right time for her. So, she trained up and started working as a medical equipment engineer, which she did for 12 years.
In 2014, she left that behind and ended up in China, where she spent 2 years living in a Shaolin Kung Fu Academy on the top of a mountain!. She studied the Wing Chun, Tai Chi and Qi Gong martial arts. So future pupils better make sure they turn up on time fortheir lessons!
However, a couple of years later, the driving bug bit again and Jane decided to start her own driver training business. Now her business is not just about providing your bog-standard driving lessons either. For not only is Jane a champion for Autism Together, she’s also a fleet driver trainer, a National Observer for IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists), a driver trainer and has just achieved her ‘master’s’ qualification in the IAM RoadSmart.
Jane prides herself on the fact that her service is accessible to anyone, regardless of confidence, ability or health.
So where to next for Jane? Well, anywhere you like, as long as you're paying for your lessons! But seriously, Jane would love to be the ‘go to’ driving school on Wirral - always accessible, disability-friendly and always done with a smile.
If you (or someone you know) has Asperger’s, ADHD, Autism or Dyspraxia, driving lessons, or just enhance driving skils, then Jane could be right up your street!
When asked about what the main barriers were to her starting her own business, she replied: “A lack of confidence really.” However, she freely admits that The Enterprise Hub at Wirral Chamber of Commerce has helped her a lot. She continued: “Going through The Enterprise Hub has certainly boosted my confidence and given me the focus I needed.”
And what inspiring bit of advice would Jane give to any would-be entrepreneurs? Well to quote the great Bruce Lee (and Jane): “Don’t let anyone hold you back. There isn’t another ‘you,’ so focus on what matters.” Then she quickly added: “And get support and guidance - get in touch with The Enterprise Hub”
For those making those first tentative steps into learning to drive get in touch with Jane on 07753 273 221 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org