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Impact of lost businesses felt in latest employment figures

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Case Studies

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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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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NBV Start&Grow Case Study - Taylor Made Plumbing

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 - 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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How I Started a Sucessful Business

Will King, CEO of King of Shaves talks about how he started a sucessful business.