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Case Studies - Starting a Business

Julie Mather Associates

With over 30 years experience in advising start up businesses and working with organisations of all shapes and sizes Julie Mather decided in 2017 it was her time to shine and she created Julie Mather Associates.

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Double T - Developing Skills and Employability

Double T
Double T is taking an innovative approach to the business of driving up employment in Nottingham.

The business owners had a range of ideas and potential development routes and timing was right to complete a strategic review of the next 3 years evolution of the enterprise.

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David Gill - Artisan Blacksmith

David Gill
After successfully making the transition from farrier to artist blacksmith and changing the direction in his business, David was seeking support with business growth and sales. As a sole trader and maker he was in a situation faced by many sole traders of having to do everything himself and just needing intervention and support as required, to help him plan a strategy for growth, make the business run more smoothly and to help to ‘keep his eye on the ball’.

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Free training helps cycle company hit the road running

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When Tim Beech set-up his cycle concept café he had no experience of the duty of care and regulatory issues associated with running your own business. A free workshop from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service provided him with the knowledge and peace of mind to ensure he met and adhered to the required standards.

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K C Building Services

KC Building Services (Midlands) Ltd is a family run building contracting business incorporated in 2003. Kier personally has 27 years’ experience in the industry.

In recent years, the business has expanded into a full service building contractor and has undertaken more commercial work. Kier approached the D2N2 Growth Hub for advice and support in achieving his growth ambitions.

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NBV Start&Grow Case Study

Taylor Made Plumbing


Mathew Spence approached NBV in August 2015.

He had extensive experience in plumbing, heating, fabrication and welding and wanted to capitalise on his experience by launching his own renewable plumbing company.

From the outset, he was provided with tailored advice from his dedicated NBV adviser David Hallam.

Mathew is now starting to trade as Taylor Made Plumbing, and is confident that he can make his fledgling business a success.

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NBV Start & Grow Success Story – Arabica Finest Coffee and Tea


Louise Hesketh of Arabica Finest Coffee and Tea approached NBV in October 2015. Louise already had over a decade of experience of running her own retail shop but dreamt of opening an artisan coffee and tea shop to add to her empire for a long time.


Louise was allocated her NBV business adviser David Hallam who provided her with business mentoring and support to win grant funding.

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The Prince's Trust - Rob Davy-Cripwell


Rob, 28, from Spondon, Derby, was nine months old when surgery left him with irreparable spinal damage. He uses a wheelchair but refused to let his disability hinder his lifestyle and ambitions, and not only did well at school but represented Great Britain in wheelchair tennis and basketball.

Shortly after leaving university, Rob decided he wanted to start his own business but put this on hold after receiving a job offer.

Rob pursued graphic design in his spare time and got involved in the design work for the World Wheelchair Basketball championship, seeing his work at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Feeling a rush of pride and confidence, he felt ready to take the plunge, quit his job and enrolled on Enterprise, a four-day programme from The Prince’s Trustthat helps unemployed young entrepreneurs.

He completed the course with all the tools he needed to start a graphic design agency, and aided by his business mentor, founded Davy-Cripwell Design, a specialist design agency aimed at sports organisations.

Photo : Rob receiving his Nat West Enterprise Award with John Maude Regional Director Business Nat West

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The Prince's Trust - Marco Paolini


Former army recruit, Marco, 30, from Wrenthorpe Vale, Nottingham, was finding it hard to readjust to life after serving four years in the forces. He lived with his partner and provided the lion’s share of childcare for their three children, but craved more independence. Previous experience as a stonemason prompted Marco to weigh up the pros and cons of starting his own business.

Marco attended Enterprise, a Prince’s Trust programmethat helps unemployed young people start their own business. With little overheads to get his business off the ground and several quotes for work under his belt, Marco perfected his business plan and successfully made an application to The Prince’s Trust for a loan. He also received a business mentor and went on to launch The Luxury Craftsman, a stonemasonry company specialising in hand carved and sand blasted headstones, memorials, gilding and repairs.

Photo : Marco receiving his Nat West Enterprise Award with John Maude Regional Director Business Nat West

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