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Watford FC CSET

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

Soupologie

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

Retonony

‘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

Know your money

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

Navigate2

New vision and structure for Navigate2

Fiona Taylor invested in a Growth Voucher to help her shape a vision for her business, Navigate2. She was looking for impartial third party help to define the objectives of her business, which provides training and consultancy services to commissioners and providers of healthcare services. “It was about bringing clarity to what we want to achieve with the business and bring in an external view Read more

Mountain Company

Growth voucher takes mountaineer to new heights

Experienced mountaineer and Everest summit-er Roland Hunter has also enjoyed tremendous success with the adventure travel company he set up 10 years ago to lead small group treks and cultural visits around the Himalayas. But he felt the next step – to manage that growth and develop The Mountain Company even further – needed some business advice, ideally from an external mentor. And that was when he Read more

Choice Homecare

Marketing advice helped care agency plan for the future

Lee-Ann de Villiers needed to investigate if her care agency had the potential to support both her and her husband while their children were small. “We had waited for children for 11 years and two came along quickly. My husband was the main breadwinner but is a hands-on father who wants to spend time with our children whilst they are young. “The only way was Read more

Billie Box

Growth Voucher grant puts Jane into sales mood

Jane Billing has 30 years experience in the shipping container sector but needed a helping hand to increase sales for the storage unit business Billie Box Ltd, which she launched two years ago. So she jumped at the chance of getting some strategic business advice from the Government inspired £2,000 Growth Voucher initiative. Six months on, sales are on the rise for the Ipswich-based business and Jane Read more

Attic self storage

Putting personality into storage

Frederic de Ryckman de Betz is convinced that the storage industry can benefit from more personality. And he was delighted to snap up a Government-inspired £2,000 Growth Voucher to help his team at East London-based Attic Secure Self Storage further develop their personal touch. “As a small independent self-storage and removals company we do not have the marketing budget of some of the big players so Read more

Brooks

Growth within weeks of specialist advice

Chartered financial planner Andy Brooks is already taking on new staff after acting on advice secured through the Growth Voucher scheme. He needed guidance about digital marketing, branding and pricing for his Peterborough-based company, Ampris. With his voucher, he sought advice from the Olsen Partnership in Stamford and is now re-branding the company to Brooks Wealth Management in response to the marketing advice. “As well as the great advice Read more

Apples & Pears

Website advice boosts sales for plus-size women’s fashion

Liz Smith wanted to boost sales from her website to complement the trade in women’s plus-size clothing she was building from her stall at markets and events across Essex.  She believed she had a niche market, offering stylish flattering clothes up to size 28, but needed advice to make her website busier. She applied for a Growth Voucher for advice and was delighted when she Read more

Snuggle Sacs 2

Problems solved all round!

A mum’s idea for solving her own childrens’ sleeping problems has grown into a thriving small business with products distributed across 12 countries, an exclusive license to produce Harry Potter products and the recipient of the Mumpreneur Silver Best Product Award 2014. Snuggle Sac was launched in 1999 by Tina Goldsmith, who solved her sons Read more

Sally-Newall-Simply-Ice-Cream

Strategic advice is a recipe for success

Sally Newall has run a successful catering business for over 20 years. Having supplied home-made ice cream at wedding functions as part of this business, Sally found that guests frequently asked where they could purchase the ice cream. So, following this demand Simply Ice Cream was founded in October 2005 and has subsequently grown to Read more

Martin-Searle 1

New Marketing strategy gives firm renewed confidence

Martin Searle Solicitors is an award winning law firm.. With four offices across Brighton, Eastbourne, Croydon and Gatwick they provide Community Care Law and Employment Law, making sense of the law at all levels and working hard to ‘make a difference’. With a reputation as one of the leading law firms in Sussex, Martin Searle Read more

E-Advantage-GV-Case-Study

Adapting to ever changing markets for business growth

Having run his business e-Advantage Solutions selling CRM solutions to businesses for over 12 years, owner Pete Jenkins wanted to take a major step forwards and work more effectively with his client base, to save them time, money and more importantly ensure that they were using their CRM systems to their full potential. This move required a complete shift in trading structure. Pete applied through the Growth Vouchers Read more

Jill-Canham

More Growth for Tree & Landscaping Company

After more than 20 years in tree surgery and landscaping, Urban Forestry is still keen to grow its business. And the Government’s £2,000 Growth Voucher initiative provided just the impetus it needed to increase its accreditations and pave the way for new and bigger customers. “We’d been planning and working towards the ISO standards for Read more

pugsley-hill

Passion for Growing Art Business

Artist and designer Charron Pugsley-Hill started painting in 2010 and two years later turned her new skill into a career selling not just her original works but a variety of products based on the prints. “It just went crazy,” she said. “It all happened so quickly that I didn’t really have the chance to focus Read more

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