A MUM-OF-FOUR has reached the finals of a TV search to find Britain’s next big business idea.
Claire O’Connor, 35, beat thousands of other hopefuls to become one of 12 finalists in This Morning’s Mumpreneur competition which begins on Monday.
The contest invited mums with new businesses or inventions to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, including The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell.
The winner will receive £5,000.
Claire, of Greetland, impressed judges in the Manchester heats with her revolutionary song and dance academy concept, called babyballet.
With its fresh, funky and exciting ethos – along with Claire and the team’s passion to revolutionise the dance world – babyballet aims to get children everywhere dancing.
Claire will appear on the live show on Monday, but will have only 30 seconds to explain her concept and win the nation’s vote in order to go through to the final showdown.
She will appear along with two other finalists from the northern heat, with the winner from each day going through to Friday’s final.
Claire is married to Chris and the couple have four children, 12-year-old Harry, Charlie, aged four, two-year-old Claudia and Kitty, five months.
Claire, the creator and managing director of babyballet, said: “Babyballet is all about fun and increasing every child’s confidence.
“So getting through to the live finals of this competition will give me the opportunity to share my passion and to ask the nation to support me in my campaign to increase the number of fit, active and healthy children.
“Getting through to the live finals is such an honour. I’m so proud and so excited, yet very nervous about appearing on the show.
The award-winning babyballet song and dance academy opened three years ago and since then thousands of pre-school babies and children have enjoyed experiencing the movement to music concept.
Claire built the company based on her own personal experiences.
Its headquarters are in Halifax, with franchises throughout the country.
Although Claire loved to dance she left dance school at 14, lacking in confidence and with a poor self-body image because of the highly competitive environment.
It was because of this that Claire created her classes, which allow children to grow up with confidence and express themselves with self-belief, irrespective of their shape, size, colour, or ability.