Sudbury woman embarks on new business venture with launch of Marshall Method fitness studio
Having lived a life of luxury working for some of the world’s wealthiest families, a Sudbury woman has embarked on her own business venture after being bitten by the fitness bug.
Shayne Kemp opened The Marshall Method, a fitness studio in Gaol Lane, this month after a career largely spent in private childcare, a role which saw her employed as a professional nanny for elite clients across the globe.
As well as working for royal families in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Lebanon, Miss Kemp’s high-profile clients included the Moroccan prince, Moulay Rachid, whose young son she looked after for three years.
“It was the most amazing job to have,” said the 52-year-old. “I loved it, and I was very fortunate to be given some of the top roles.”
Growing up in Belchamp St Paul, Miss Kemp had a friend at the village primary school who was looked after by a nanny.
In later life, this would inspire her to pursue her own career in private childcare.
“I always remembered the kind and fun things she used to do with us,” said Miss Kemp. “I remember thinking it was something I would like to do.”
She secured her first role as a nanny looking after two boys, aged three and seven, in Glemsford, who she has remained in touch with for 32 years.
After establishing her own venture hosting bespoke parties, a serious back injury forced her to close the business.
It was only once she was able to work again that Miss Kemp realised the opportunities that lay in being willing to work abroad.
Reflecting on the extravagant lifestyle, which involved luxury trips on yachts and jets, she said: “It was very easy; I never had any worries because they took care of everything.”
Keen to be closer to her mother, Pat, who still lives in Belchamp St Paul, Miss Kemp moved to Burkitts Lane in Sudbury last year.
Determined to become more healthy after living an indulgent lifestyle, she appointed Robie Marshall, a personal trainer from Long Melford.
She went on to qualify as a personal trainer herself and secured a role as an instructor at Gymophobics, a women-only gym on Market Hill, Sudbury.
She plans to continue in this role while running the The Marshall Method with business partner Mr Marshall.
The new venture will be operated from a small facility to provide a more relaxed setting.
“It’s so intimidating going in to a large gym,” said Miss Kemp. “I was always so petrified about walking into one. The very first time I went in, I couldn’t speak.”
Highlighting the health and psychological benefits of fitness, Miss Kemp added: “When you have done a work out, your brain completely changes; you feel good about yourself.”
Mr Marshall, who worked in sales before becoming a personal trainer, said he has noticed the positive impact of exercising regularly.
“It changed me,” said the 26-year-old. “It made me more confident and made me want to help more people to change their lives.”
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