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Bronia Johnson

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

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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

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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

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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

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Gateshead garage motoring to success

Two enterprising businessmen are celebrating a successful first year in business as Victoria Motors in Gateshead doubles staff numbers just 12 months after opening its doors. David Harris (35) from Kingston Park, opened the car garage with business partner Robin Kyle (40) in 2014, after purchasing the business from the previous owner. David said “I was actively looking for Read more

Mark Sharpe

Bottoms up as Mark takes the plunge into self employment

Mark Sharpe is now the boss of his new business – Casablanca – a wine bar based in Worcester. Mark had previously worked in business development for over 25 years and had a long-term aspiration of being self-employed. Thanks to help from Business Enterprise Support and his mentor, he has successfully established his business. Mark was assigned mentor, Debbie Assinder, Read more


Business support puts Sam on target

With past career experience in football Sam decided he wanted to set up his own business delivering a high standard of coaching that would make a difference to children’s lives. Sam from Bolton, Lancashire attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop and subsequently Goalz Centre of Excellence was launched in July 2014, aiming to bridge the gap between Read more

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NHS Care Package delivered by Nwes clients Rebekah and Nathan

Rebekah Bedingfield and Nathan Slater approached Nwes in in July 2012. Both had extensive backgrounds in care work and wanted to capitalise on this experience to start their own business. From the outset, they were provided with tailored advice from a dedicated Nwes advisor, Richard Salmon. Richard worked them to develop their ideas into a coherent business plan, providing focus and a clear understanding of their viability. 1:1 support provided Rebekah Read more

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New venture showcases local artists in Bristol

Entrepeneur Simone Kidner’s mission is to help young artists showcase their work to the local community. After finding a possible location for this social enterprise venture, Simone then had the task of finding finance and support to bring this business to life. Through speaking to local networking groups, Simone was introduced to Business West for help in starting up through the Ready for Business programme and was introduced to Alyson Read more

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Business plan is all sewn up

A budding fashion designer from York has swapped her parents’ garage for a contemporary studio and showroom to launch a bespoke wedding dress, bridal outfits and occasional wear business. Rebecca Downes from Haxby in York has teamed up with Marie Neal-Smith from Driffield to launch Smith & Downes.  The pair, who met whilst teaching fashion at York College, have just Read more

Waverley Inn

Catering for the local community and tourists alike

Taking on a pub is a serious decision and one that Tim Bailey and Julie Higginson were pleased to make with a Ready for Business advisor on hand.  “Our aim is to simply be a traditional B&B community Inn offering value and quality food with that local pub feel.” said Julie. And The Waverley Inn is just that – a traditional community pub with seven letting Read more

G&P Healthcare

Enterprising nurses deliver 20 new jobs as G&P Healthcare Ltd launches in the region

An evening mapping out ideas on a napkin has given two registered nurses a positive new direction in the world of business as G&P Healthcare Ltd creates 20 new jobs in its first month of trading. G&P Healthcare Ltd is a nursing and care agency which specialises in supplying high quality staff and clinical skills training to nursing and residential Read more

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Ready? And “Action!”

J&K Management, which was established in March 2013 by Jason Ash and Karl Holmes, is a film and television production company that specialises in Bollywood productions and supplies actors, extras, catering and floor management, as well as filming and script writing services. The company claimed the ‘Best B2B Start-Up’ award in the regional category for the West Midlands Read more

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Georgie Porgie, planning and “Hi!”

Georgina Garner from Moston, Manchester was driven to start up her own business by a desire to help single parents from disadvantaged communities get back into work by providing affordable day care for their children. Hearing about the programme via the internet, Georgina attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop in June 2013.   She purchased a trading Read more


Turning the tables with a vinyl revolution

Maria has a background in music retail, working for big names like Beggars Banquet and Virgin Retail, plus a degree in Radio, Film & Television Studies, and made the decision to play her part in the vinyl revolution by setting up Tallbird Records. Maria explained “I started my own business because, quite frankly, I was a bored Read more

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Heir hunter succeeds in finding equity for own business

Bruce Cane approached Nwes in October 2012, when he attended a Ready for Business one-day seminar. He required 1:1 support to set up a business as an heir hunter – he had spotted a potential gap in the market to focus on tracing heirs to the smaller estates that banks usually overlook. Right from the outset, he was provided with tailored advice from a dedicated Nwes advisor, Richard Salmon. Read more

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Nasir invests family’s future in convenience store

Nasir Sardar became disillusioned with managing a chain of stores and wanted to buy a shop to implement his own ideas and safeguard his family’s future.  “I previously did not know where to start when it came to buying my own business.” he said. Nadir found help with this by contacting the Ready for Business service in July 2012. He was introduced to his adviser, Mike Stutter, who was Read more

Reeve flooring

Jonathan gets it covered

Jonathan Reeves has been in the commercial and domestic floor covering business for over 15 years, working as a sub-contractor for various other local companies. From a full commercial refurbishment to a new bathroom floor, Jonathan has the expertise and reputation to be able to offer precision installation for the full spectrum of flooring needs for any type of business or Read more

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New business built on care and support

Lotus Care and Support Services is a home care provider, which has been established to respond to the needs of the adults living in the diverse and multi ethnic city of Birmingham. They provide care and support services to both private and public sectors with the aim to provide services users with a comprehensive care of the highest Read more

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Business support from BBV was icing on the cake for Zara

She had always had a passion for baking and decided to start her own business doing what she loved. Being highly creative but knowing nothing about business she decided to approach BBV. Zara attended a Barclays Ready For Business workshop and received 1:1 support, and guidance through a Virgin StartUp loan application.  Zara Cakes was launched in August Read more

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Passion for fashion

Candy Bokungu from Nottingham has a background in fashion and teaching, and embarked on her journey to owning a small business in January 2014, along with her brother Arnold. Candy said “I’d had an idea for a new business a few months before I actually got down to working on the outline plan.  I had Read more

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Artem and Dmitry fill the App in the market

Partners, Artem Amentes and Dmitry Savchenko, first approached Nwes in September 2014 having developed the concept for a new App.  Although in an early stage of development using cutting edge technology and incorporating quantum psychology, the first key issue was to scope out the full project costs. “The app market is the most dynamic developing sector due to the global mobilisation of people.” said Artem. “With a global web and Read more

Finch Installations

Fitting new business for Simon

Simon Finch felt the time was right to set up his own business, having worked for a shop fitting specialist for several years and felt he could ‘do it better’. Whilst Simon had a good knowledge of the industry and the practical skills to project manage retail installations he lacked the knowledge of how to put together a business plan, secure business finance and run Read more

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Red hot family secret launches new business for Guillermo

A secret family recipe is set to turn up the heat on a spicy new business venture for an enterprising Beverley man with a passion for food thanks to the support he has received from start-up programme Ready for Business. Guillermo Yanes, who came to East Yorkshire in 2002 from his home country of Venezuela in South America, has Read more

Italian Cream

Mariah brings a bit of Italy to south coast

Mariah Akhtar opened Italian Creams in 2013 after being inspired by a London based ice cream and sweet treats parlor. Mariah met with Business Adviser Andy Pringle. She had already conducted some market research to prove there was a gap in the market and Mariah had the ambition to own her own business but needed help writing a business plan and applying for funding. One of Read more

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John takes the fast route to create new jobs with Ready for Business

Setting up his own business was made crystal clear for John Davies from Washington thanks to the Ready for Business programme. Fastglass, which makes and supplies glass for double glazing units to window companies, was launched earlier this year and in a short space of time has gone from strength to strength – creating new jobs as customer demand has Read more


Toasting the success of online bottled beer business

Brothers Chris and Scott Heslop, along with their friend Anthony Beswick had always been fans of craft beer and real ale but found accessing microbrewery offerings difficult online. Ready for a new career challenge, they decided they would pour their passion for a good pint into creating their own online beer business to fill this marketplace gap. Armed Read more

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Hakan brings chic styling to Bolton

Hakan Bayram from Bolton, Lancashire had always wanted to start his own hair and beauty business.  He believed Bolton was the ideal location, and that price, convenience, guarantees and quality of service would make his business different to his competitors. Following a recommendation Hakan approached BBV and attended a Barclays’ Ready for Business workshop. Hakan agrees that Read more

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Samaira gets her business all sewn up

Samaira Ghani is a fashion designer with a degree in embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University.  Samaira needed business planning support to take her dream from business start-up to the next level. Based in Nottingham, Samaira’s business, which she started in 2012, combines influences from the East and the West – a mix of styles merge Read more

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Sweet Success!

After graduating from University, Air Dvareckas and two friends were working in the food industry and thought they had noticed a potential gap in the market for a possible new business venture – warm cookie dough, sauce and ice cream. They had a clear vision for how they saw the business develop, but just had no idea where to start and how to Read more

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Redundancy is a blessing in disguise for Moto Heaven

The black cloud of redundancy certainly had a silver lining for motorcycle enthusiast Aidan Wright, for when the 36yr old lost his courier job he used the government start-up scheme, delivered across England by Cavendish Enterprise partners, to set up his own business. In the best tradition, it began from a shed in the garden of his home at Lower Read more

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Collette and Robert pull all the ingredients together on one website

Collette and Robert Starzacher wanted to create an independent library to provide one online place where gluten and wheat free products could be easily found. Due to personal interest and a passion for all things ‘gluten free’ Collette and Robert then formed their bespoke home bakery and after much success decided to further develop their original idea and make products to order from the Gluten Free Library. Their overall aims Read more

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18 yr old entrepreneur clears every hurdle and sets up equestrian fashion range

A young, horse loving, fashion conscious entrepreneur from Co. Durham is sat firmly in the saddle having launched her own equestrian fashion wear business – Aztec Diamond Equestrian (UK) Ltd. Jordan McCabe, 18 from Stanley Crook in County Durham has set up her own equestrian fashion label which is attracting the attention of horse riders and retail stockists from Read more

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New services put vehicle repair centre on the move

Darren and Lisa Maddox set up vehicle repair business JHM Motors Ltd in March 2015, allowing Darren to achieve a lifelong dream to own his own car repair business. Darren has over 27 years experience as an auto mechanic since leaving school in 1987 to study a City and Guilds qualification in light and heavy vehicle Read more

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Redundancy turned Sebastian to Fine Ales

Redundancy was the trigger that led Sebastian to start-up his own business.  This was the time to take charge of his own destiny so he launched Cranston’s Fine Ales with the support of Bolton Business Ventures (BBV). Sebastian attended a Barclays Get Ready for Business workshop in July 2013.  Assisted by his dedicated BBV mentor, Read more

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The outlook is sweet for The Pudding Pantry

Anthony Quinn from Nottingham has a background in hospitality and the appropriate qualifications to take the plunge into self employment in April 2014. Anthony had the idea for ‘The Pudding Pantry‘ – a food and coffee lovers haven in central Nottingham after becoming aware of a gap in the market between the average cafe and Read more


How one career changer-turned-chimney sweep

Changing career couldn’t be easier with the ‘Ready For Business’ Programme. Read on to learn about one of our inspirational entrepreneurs, who after 28 years in local government, decided to make a career U-turn. Tom Rawsterne from Gotham, Nottingham, is no stranger to business. Having been Nottingham County Councils Regional Development Officer, he supported local Read more

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Family invests £100,000 to open new children’s nursery in South Shields

An enterprising family have invested £100,000 to turn a well-known former pub in South Shields into a thriving new children’s nursery, with the help of start-up agency TEDCO Business Support Ltd. Little Jems Nursery has opened its doors to children and parents following an extensive period of refurbishment of the old Alkali pub on Swinburne Read more

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