A BARNSLEY mum who set up her own business after having children because her employers refused her request to work flexible hours is urging others to do the same.

Mel Fenna launched her own design and marketing agency and is now holding an open day to offer advice to other mums looking to start their own business. 

Mel has worked for some of the UK's leading marketing agency, managing accounts for clients like Casio, Habitat, Taylor Wimpey Homes and Morphy Richards.

She said: "My requests to manage my working hours more flexibly – still ensuring I give full commitment to my clients – hit a brick wall.

"They wouldn’t entertain the idea – and I do think it was short-sighted.

“I make no secret that I am a Mum first, but I have always enjoyed my work and I am ambitious and committed to delivering results.”

There will be an Open Day at BBIC on Tuesday November 13, from 10am to 4pm.

Expert business advisors will be on hand to talk through people’s ideas and explain more about the support available through the Genesis project, part funded by Enterprising Barnsley.