Happy Lotus Acupuncture, founded by Rhian de Oliveira, a healthcare support worker, is a place for natural healing using traditional medicine. The business provides personal care to people depending on their needs, using acupuncture and other traditional medicine techniques like Swedish massage.

The idea for the business sprouted when Rhian had a chance discussion with a colleague pursuing a similar career. Through hard work, dedication, and support of Start Up Loans, Rhian succeeded in launching her business.

“The greatest appeal to me was that as a business owner, I would be in charge of my own hours and allow myself to dedicate as much time as I needed 1:1 with the client.” Rhian  

Rhian had many challenges to overcome when she started her journey in 2015. These included returning to school to study for a bachelor’s degree while caring for a newborn baby. Rhian also learned to manage her newly diagnosed dyslexia, which she discovered, was the reason for her struggles with written assignments in the past. This self-awareness led to success, and in 2020, she achieved a first-class degree in acupuncture with honours.

How a Start Up Loans was able to help:  

Rhian’s anxiety about starting her own business without any business experience was relieved, thanks to the support of Start Up Loans Business Advisor Craig Tamplin.

Craig supported Rhian during the loan application process. He ensured her application met the requirements and advised her on all the relevant documents essential for a successful application. Craig answered her questions promptly, and she was never left waiting for a reply. They even met online and discussed the application while she was away on holiday in Brazil to ensure the process progressed smoothly.

Rhian opened Happy Lotus Acupuncture in May 2022 and the business has already established a strong  list of returning clients.

Future ambitions:   

Rhian is building her client base gradually. As her daughter approaches school age, Rhian plans a full-time clinic with a substantial proportion of returning clients. She intends to give back to the community through her services. By working with a local social enterprise, Happy Lotus plans to offer free clinics to people who cannot afford her services.

Rhian also plans to grow the business by offering wellness retreats, which will include a week of acupuncture treatments, yoga, meditation, and excellent quality food provided in the tranquil surroundings of the Welsh countryside. 

What is a Start Up Loan?  

A Start Up Loan is a government-backed personal loan available to individuals over 18 years old looking to start or grow a business in the UK.  

The main goal of the Start Up Loans scheme is to ensure that viable start-ups have access to the finance and support they need to thrive. 

If you receive a loan, we will then support you through your journey, providing you with your business mentor for 12 months from the date of receiving your loan. Start-Up Loans are available for businesses yet to launch or those that have been trading for up to 36 months. 

Find out more about a Start Up Loan and apply online