Bold career change pays off

Painter and decorator Anna Bettis believes people should always do what they love when it comes to work.

She gave up her London career in financial services – which she gladly admits gave her no sense of achievement – to set up her own decorating company two years ago, and her husband Carl, a railway manager, resigned too and joined her in the venture.

The career switch to something they love doing has paid off. As well as the both of them being extremely busy with work, Anna came runner-up in a national competition to find the best worker in the UK. Her prize was £1,500 of holiday vouchers.

The couple, who live in Church Street, Lavenham, set up the decorating business Onevine after spending years renovating and refurbishing homes.

They specialise in period properties, especially those from the Tudor period.

She said: “Clearly we are proud of the achievement, but I would like to reinforce our message that people should always try to do what they love.

“I worked in financial services for more than 10 years without really having a true sense of achievement.

“It’s only from having the confidence to walk away and make this change that I now enjoy every working day.”

Anna took part in the Dickies UK Worker of the Year Competition, which has been running for four years.