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Susiesoap7 Mon 20-Feb-17 10:20:25

Anybody watching? Can you see glory or failure?

herts3456 Tue 21-Feb-17 08:03:27

Very impressed with the hairdressers son, wise beyond his years.

I think the 3rd family will do well. Plenty of work for HGV drivers.

Alfieisnoisy Tue 21-Feb-17 08:05:43

If last years programme was anything to go by they will do well. Two of the three families from last year are making a success of their businesses.
I follow one of the family businesses on FB and they continue to do well.

zukiecat Tue 21-Feb-17 11:10:12

I think they will all do well, last year's families were a great success

I wasn't sure about the lady with the Botox, but I've been on benefits, and I can understand the longing to "treat" yourself with any windfall that comes your way

My treats were a couple of magazines a week, and some people told me I shouldn't be buying them as they were a luxury and benefits weren't for things like that, I hope the lady can get her market stall up and running

I really like the family with the disabled son and I hope it all works out for them

RufusTheSpartacusReindeer Tue 21-Feb-17 13:28:42

Which two families alfie?

I missed the catchul programme

I know the animal family is doing well

Good luck to all of them

Alfieisnoisy Tue 21-Feb-17 16:41:47

The other family were the Tidy family from Hull, they started a second hand sales business with he money and it's still going strong. Like all the families who've had nothing for a long time they splashed out a bit at first but they then knuckled down and made the money work for them

I think the money up front is based upon successful models elsewhere showing that this can be very successful. That said I do think they pick the families carefully.

RufusTheSpartacusReindeer Tue 21-Feb-17 16:42:40

Aaah lovely thanjs alfie

GardenGeek Thu 23-Feb-17 21:13:25

Bump, just watching episode 2.

Market traders going to do well I think.

molemonkey Thu 23-Feb-17 21:38:20

Not sure the woman who wants to open a salon has a clue what it's really going to be like! She hasn't even cut hair for years.

GardenGeek Thu 23-Feb-17 22:01:17

I know I thought the same, but it seems like she's had a lightbulb moment and realised of all the dreams that one in particular is very costly and difficult to achieve.

She's still young though, so it could be a future aim to have a salon.

I think being footloose and freelance is more cost effective though - hopefully she will realise this and not get disheartened.

BillSykesDog Fri 24-Feb-17 05:49:01

I love the lady doing the market stall and her family. I hope they do well.

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 24-Feb-17 16:24:29

On planner. Missed e1

MusicToMyEars800 Fri 24-Feb-17 20:51:45

it annoys me a bit, as soon as they get the cash they start frantically spending.. I would've thought the most important thing to do first would be to sort out the rent, bills etc then plan the rest! but I hope they make it work and make a success for themselves.

DoloresTheRunawayTrain Fri 24-Feb-17 21:10:19

They probably do Music but that wouldn't make for good frothing at the mouth television now would it? wink
A friend of mine a few years ago appeared in a documentary (not about benefits) and the show wanted to present a negative slant about their way of life. Friend wouldn't believe this and was utterly convinced they could turn opinions and the tone of the show around if they could just explain. The camera crew and interviewer spent almost a week with them for what ended up being less than 20 minutes footage. All of which was heavily edited to show their negative slant and totally crucifying friend, who couldn't believe things had gone so badly. There was apparently an awful lot of footage they didn't use, presumably to make the subject comfortable and at ease, so they would answer all questions innocently and without realising how else they could be taken.

DoloresTheRunawayTrain Fri 24-Feb-17 21:11:46

Sorry, others told friend it would be negative but friend believed show producers who told them it was a chance to air their side of things and get the real face of this lifestyle across.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 28-Feb-17 07:17:31

Clothes stall lady should do well

Tan lady Little surprised but kinda not iyswim - that she learnt how to tan spray in one day

Hair dresser lady. Why would you go full on out with a salon so paying for refurbishment and rent each month when can set up as a freelance hairdresser

6 sinks seemed insane to me but Obv never got off the planning stage

Never seen this before. So is the point those on benifits pay off their debts then set a business as have capital behind them?

Assuming they can't start a business as couldn't get a loan /money behind them?

Alfieisnoisy Tue 28-Feb-17 08:19:40

Music, the same thing happened last year too. I guess if you've had nothing for years then a huge lump sum like this might make you go a bit batty initially.

Last years families all eventually did very well despite an initial spending spree. In fact one family had a son who wanted an XBox or some other console and the cost of it was around £450...and the Mum was suddenly quite sober about how much money that was. They slowed right down after that....and it was only a day or two after they got the cash.

I know the single parent paid her rent in advance and council tax for several months so she could concentrate on what she wanted to do with the he rest of the money. Thing is that her rent was about £600 a month and she quickly realised that £26k wasn't going to go that far unless she budgeted month to month.

SailAwayWithMeHoney Tue 28-Feb-17 08:26:17

I love it...

I watched the catch up from last year and two of three families are doing really well smile

I agree with Alfie, think when you're used to living on so little to suddenly be given a case load of money in cash probably goes to your head initially. Am glad to see they have a man on hand to help with finances and give advice.

DevelopingDetritus Thu 16-Mar-17 23:13:45

Watch an episode tonight and would like to find out the website for the women making the lovely princess dresses, I think her business was called Evie's. I've Googled and looked on Facebook but nothing seems to come up.

MalmseyWhine Fri 17-Mar-17 13:25:04

Sophie's shop is Evie and co on Facebook.

I've been fascinated by this series, I live in Essex so 3 of the areas the families come from are very familiar. Am rooting for them to make a go of things.

MalmseyWhine Fri 17-Mar-17 13:25:27

She is Evie and Co on Facebook.

DevelopingDetritus Fri 17-Mar-17 14:39:24

That's great, thanks for the info MalmseyWhine. Might be able to put some business her way. I hope she does make a success of it, she deserves it, talented woman. I also liked the burger van couple. When they dropped the meat(I think it was) in the bin, I just thought pick it out and wash it, lol.
Wasn't so keen on the bloke starting the taxi or garden business, I didn't like the way he spoke to his wife.

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