Debra Nash began her counselling business in January 2015.
To begin with the counselling services were offered through use of a hired room in Chesterfield, servicing the immediate area around the town. This proved to be a good start for the business
and fitted in well with Debra's work pattern, but restricted the potential for any expansion and flexibility.
Wishing to build on the success of the counselling business and be able to offer an even more discrete service, Debra decided to take the plunge and have a purpose built counselling suite positioned in her garden at home.
Working with the Chesterfield Borough Council advisor engaged via D2N2's Growth Hub, Debra found the advisor's
methodology of breaking down my business model and practice allowed me to be more strategic in my considerations of setting goals for the short, medium and long term.That enabled me to put direct measures in place to give my business a new boost.
N’Tech grant funding from Nottingham City Council has helped Co-Formulate, a contract development organisation, develop a new product offering for the geriatric market.
Sarah Gatford is a Registered Qualified BSL Interpreter with the National Register of Communication Professionals With Deaf and Deaf-Blind People - NRCPD (RSLI). Qualifying in 2000 and being an NVQ Interpreting Assessor, she has broad based experience of working in education, employment, legal and mental health settings and specialises in theatre interpreting.
Sarah’s business had been established for 4 years when we met and the last 12 months had been particularly difficult with austerity cuts effecting the funding available to support the services she offers so she was open to a business review to help her focus on the key issues impeding business growth and to help her understand the relevant business support projects that could help her move forward.
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
WEGO Couriers is a city logistics business, for 17 years, as WEGO and Peddle Express they have provided a fast, flexible and reliable door to door, last mile delivery service to suit the needs of their client.
WEGO embrace existing transport networks, linking the busy Midlands area to London. When it comes to being carbon neutral, the business uses eco-friendly vans, bicycles and trains to deliver letters, packets and parcels. WEGO have a genuine passion for helping the environment and being as environmentally sustainable as possible. They are accredited with the Investors in the Environment
Environmental Management System and monitor the amount of carbon they produce in order to offset this on an annual basis. They are an award-winning, zero carbon emissions company striving to be the top UK courier in the UK for green delivery solutions. The Low Carbon Hub has supported WEGO to promote its green credentials, measure its carbon footprint, and use information to raise the company's profile as a carbon neutral business.
The University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) helps manufacturing and engineering companies in the region to innovate and grow.
Derby-based Omflow received support from Time2Innovate in the form of a consultancy package for their software development.
Histologix is a privately owned contract research organization (CRO) and a specialist provider of histology, histopathology, immunochemistry, digital pathology and image analysis services to the Pharma-Biotech industry. In order to further develop and fast-track their services, the directors worked closely with Medilink who helped them secure funding through the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet to buy vital pieces equipment including a whole slide digital scanner from Hamamatsu and HALO™ image analysis software from Indica labs. The new technologies have allowed Histologix to enhance their service offering and establish a primary position as the leading independent GLP/GCP compliant laboratory in the UK for these type of services, serving Pharma and Biotech in the field of personalised medicine, biomarkers and companion diagnostics.
Working with Time 2 Innovate a pilot scheme within the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering which aims to support SME’s in the D2N2 area, RA Tech UK Ltd devised and invented (patent pending) a product that will overcome the challenge of connecting an Unvented Hot Water Heater pressure/temperature relief valve directly to a foul waste or soil pipe and used a £1500 Innovation Voucher to explore the manufacture of one part of their innovative design using advanced CNC machining and to explore how manufacture of the whole product impacts on product performance.
BCS-Autobox provides machines for making cardboard boxes and cartons, with export sales now accounting for 80% of their turnover. Despite their success, the company had been unable to secure business in Japan. It was only when Managing Director Barry Tabor was contacted by Anton Rudgalvis, an International Trade Adviser working for UKTI, that their strategy began to take shape.
Watch a host of UK companies talk about how they were able to grow their businesses through exporting their products or services overseas with the help and support of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
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