Start & Grow

From Catalonia to the Cotswolds

Born in Spain, Carlos has always loved paella and when he moved to the Cotswolds he decided to bring his passion for Spanish food with him. Carlos has had years of experience refining his paella recipes, adopting the techniques of his Spanish mother and Catalonian grandmother. With additional experience managing restaurants in Bristol, Carlos knew Read more

Lockability is the key to Waheed’s happiness

With varied background, including a stint as a professional youth footballer, sports therapist, a degree in Business Management, and working for both charities and corporates in the capital, Waheed Akhtar just couldn’t find the right fit. Finally, he unlocked his potential by setting up his own locksmith business, and now he has job satisfaction and Read more

Rebecca opens up a real Treat for everyone

Inspired by her Grandmother’s belief in complementary therapy, Rebecca Geanty has established a new clinic, which offers affordable complementary health care to suit the needs of her clients. Treat is based in Capitol House on Norwich’s Heigham Street. At the heart of the centre is a multi-bed acupuncture clinic where Rebecca and her team can Read more

It’s all go for Go Leisure

Sam Coates had always dreamed that one day he would run his own business. When he spotted a gap in the market for an American-themed grill on the North Norfolk coast, he jumped at the opportunity. After seeking support from enterprise agency, Nwes, Sam launched Sammy’s Bar and Grill, under his Go Leisure business in Read more

  Cavendish Crowd & Crowdfunding

Crowd backs launch of new local radio station

Cheesy FM was the idea of Andy Peacock who had 27 years experience in the radio industry.  With that came the knowledge of how to launch a radio station.  His aim was to tap in to the popularity of ‘guilty pleasure’ music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  In 2015 Andy began to test trade Read more

No More Taboo – a new business to shout about

Chloe Tingle spent 6 months working in Bolivia on a menstrual health project. Upon Chloe’s return to the UK, in February 2015, her passion for this topic led her to establish her own social enterprise under the name of No More Taboo. No More Taboo’s three main areas of focus are: selling sustainable sanitary products Read more

  Ready For Business

Green lights for Amber Care

Bronia Johnson from Market Rasen in Lincolnshire was previously employed as a manager in the health service when her position was made redundant in 2013.  This was the incentive she needed to set up her business. Bronia’s dreams for Amber Care were big – she saw a service that supported its clients personal and social Read more

Oil from the desert brought to Bournemouth

Karim Berauo, of Moroccan heritage, had four years experience of exporting to the country. He spotted a gap in the market and decided to look into starting up a business with his wife, importing authentic pure Moroccan Argan Oil, direct from the North African desert. Karim was confident his start-up would be a success. However, he quickly discovered the many challenges to starting a business and soon Read more

Business support gives Front Runner the best start

Steve Franklin, 25 years old, has opened the doors to an innovative retail outlet, Front Runner. The store on Sharrowvale Road in the west Sheffield brings together wide range of retail products aimed at runners including shoes, clothing and accessories with a variety of complimentary treatments such as sports therapy, physiotherapy and osteopathy, a coffee lounge and state-of-the-art Read more

Marriage made in heaven

Vicki and Paul Beamont have over 30 years experience in dealing with customers and when they finished careers in London they wanted to put that experience to good use. The Winding House is Paul and Vicki’s home and after they held their wedding there, family and friends encouraged them to open up their home for other couples. The house is a spectacular renovation of an old Kent coal heritage building Read more

  Growth Vouchers

Vouchers helped charity shape fundraising messages

Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust, a charity with an annual turnover of £1.5m a year, needed to engage with more businesses to support its community activities. Because it is a not-for-profit organisation with minimal reserves and staff, it couldn’t afford to employ a marketing professional full-time. So it turned to the Growth Voucher scheme that allowed it to buy the time of a PR Read more

Growth Voucher brings headlines for Stephen’s soups

Six months of market research convinced Stephen Argent that his nutritious, healthy home-made soups had a unique niche in the UK food market. But he needed help to get the word around and turn the idea into a thriving commercial enterprise. It came when he heard about Growth Vouchers, a Government initiative which grants up to £2,000 matched funding for strategic advice and actions on how a Read more

‘Incredible’ Growth Vouchers sets new business on course

After Jan Francis was made redundant, the “soul-destroying” round of fruitless long interview processes for a full-time job left him disillusioned. After a series of contracts, he took the plunge to use his expertise as a supplier manager to set up his own company. Driven by the challenge of using nearly 20 years’ experience to work for himself, he was still fearful of the “long slog” Read more

Money website reaps rewards of Growth Vouchers advice

Comparison website www.knowyourmoney.co.uk is enjoying the benefits of marketing advice through the Growth Vouchers scheme with more than 300,000 visits a month. Director Jason Tassie invested in the voucher to seek advice on sales and marketing, return on investment and how to measure the effectiveness of his marketing. “I read about it in the Guardian and applied. Our advisor came in to look at how we Read more

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