EACH week the Evening Times is turning the spotlight on one of the dozens of local businesses determined to succeed.

They are the future for Glasgow and the west of Scotland's economy and are working hard to achieve success in the face of continuing economic hardship. Many businesses are struggling to take off because of the economic downturn, and this column will offer advice for potential start-ups and small businesses.

This week we talk to Anne Penman from Anne Penman Laser Therapy.

What does your

business do?

We combine the use of laser therapy with one-to-one support to help people quit smoking, lose weight or manage stress.

Where are you based?

We are based in Glasgow's South Side in Queens Drive. We have a main- door flat overlooking Queens Park - but the beauty of the area is it has great links into the city centre and free parking outside our front door.

How did you get started?

I was a 60-a-day smoker and so was my husband. When he had a heart attack in his 30s I knew I had to stop.

After many attempts I discovered laser therapy - and knew it was going to not only change my life, but many others.

What is your background?

My mum Helen owned a busy pub just outside Belfast and I worked in it.

I am a people person - and once I discovered laser therapy I knew that was going to be my career.

I wanted to spread the word - if I could quit, so could anyone.

What is your top tip?

Believe in yourself and be passionate. I believe that with the right support you can do anything.

Has anyone helped you get started and how?

My mum. She bought the original laser package. And, of course, the people of Glasgow who helped me get established because they talked to each other and created a network and a word-of-mouth business.

What was your first deal?

I started my laser therapy business in Ireland but was asked to come to Glasgow to help a group of businessmen quit smoking in 1992. I rented the office in Queen's Drive for a month and am still there!

What was your biggest mistake and what would you do differently?

Taking advice from other people and believing they know more about your business then you do.

Follow your gut instinct - you are in charge of your own business and the belief is in yourself.

Who was/is your mentor or inspiration?

My mum Helen and my husband Ron. My mum went into the pub business at 49 without any experience and created a successful business. That gave me the confidence to know women can succeed.

And my husband because he has overcome so many health issues simply by never giving up.

Where do you plan your business to be in five years?

We have more than 30 locations worldwide with people who have trained with Anne Penman Laser Therapy. My aim is for it to be offered alongside mainstream treatments to all who need help.

Useful contacts:

Business Gateway http://www.bgateway.com/

Glasgow Life http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk

Your contact details:

Anne Penman Laser Therapy, 158 Queens Drive, Glasgow G42 8QN