Business start-ups a sister act

Their career paths may have gone in opposite directions - but two sisters can now work together after setting up contrasting companies in the same Fakenham building.

Their career paths may have gone in opposite directions - but two sisters can now work together after setting up contrasting companies in the same Fakenham building.

Property lawyer Hayley Wright moved into the ground floor of 2a Oak Street a month ago, but realised she needed to maximise her income from the empty upstairs offices.

So she sublet a room to her sister Victoria Ellender, a registered nurse who will provide cosmetic beauty treatments to clients while complicated conveyancing documents are being prepared in the office below.

Another upstairs room will be used by the pair's friend Kate Gardiner, who launched a hairdressing salon alongside Ms Ellender's clinic at their open day on Saturday.


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Ms Ellender, 32, is an advanced aesthetic practitioner, offering Botox injections, dermal fillers and revitalising skin peels to a client list which she previously had to treat in their homes.

And she said she had her big sister to thank for her new premises.

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'The reason we are here is because of Hayley,' she said. 'She has been the brains behind everything. 'We have always done everything together, but these are obviously two very different things.'

Licensed conveyancer Miss Wright, 34, said: 'It is not all down to me. I might have had the idea, but they have put the effort in and done all the work upstairs. I just did the paperwork.

'I thought if Victoria and Kate wanted to boost their businesses it would be better for them to do something together - and give me a bit of rent.

'It is really nice for me - I can trust them and if I'm not here I feel more comfortable having them in the building.'

Ms Ellender said she enjoyed the discretion her new first-floor base would offer her private clients while she continued her existing job as a clinical advisor for the ambulance service in Norwich.

'You cannot really do a lot of these things on the NHS so I wanted to use the skills I already had as a nurse to make them available.

'But I don't want to give up the NHS because I always want to look after patients - but this is something I wanted to do for myself.'

The two sisters, who grew up in Wells, also live near to each other in South Creake.

Miss Gardiner, 24, said: 'It is going to be good. I've known Hayley and Victoria for six years and now they can pop in here and have their hair done whenever they like.'

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