Case study examples of some of the companies that the council's business investment services team has helped to start and grow.
Yes. Please see the three success stories below:
Flippin Sweet was established in 2014 by Danny Donald. The business originally took a unit at the Bridlington Business Centre but, thanks to support from the council, has gone from strength to strength and has since relocated to a much larger self-contained unit. Flippin Sweet are screen printers for T-shirts and other textile garments and the business is now run by Danny along with his sister Jade.
Danny said: "In 2014, I expanded my online business from working in my bedroom and using my parent's spare room as storage, to one of the workshop units at the Bridlington Business Centre. The workshop space offered everything I needed, with easy in-and-out terms offering peace of mind for the start-up business. The centre staff were always friendly and on hand to offer advice whenever needed. A year later, I outgrew the workshop and recently moved to one of the self-contained units, providing me with a much larger space for my work area, a showroom and office area."
The Bridlington Business Centre is run by the council's business investment & tourism services team. There are also business centres located in Beverley, Brough, Driffield, Goole and Market Weighton, offering a range of office and workshop accommodation on easy-in, easy-out terms.
When the company that Christine Taylor worked for closed down, she decided to approach the council's business services team to see how they could help her. Christine was helped to develop a business plan and was enrolled on a range of workshops. She also received day-to-day support from enterprise coach Darren Roberts.
Christine said: "I had worked for Johnson's Dry Cleaners for 15 years when it closed I was faced with the choice of finding another job or opening my own business. I went to the East Riding Business Centre in Beverley and got some information about how to start my own business. The advice and guidance I received have been essential to me setting up my sewing business."
Christine's Sewing Service has now been trading for two years and is located within the Beverley town centre. The business has gone from strength to strength, now employing 3 additional members of staff and offering clothing repairs and alterations, dry cleaning and laundry services.
Knitting by Post is a toy knitting pattern business, set up in December 2012 by Vicky Gordon. Vicky had been trading from home for 2 years when she realised she needed help and would struggle to carry on alone. She contacted the council's business investment services team and met with a business adviser.
Vicky said: "I have received regular and consistent mentoring from Chris Moore (business adviser), who has an extensive knowledge of how a business should run. He understood the difficulties in balancing a home life with running a growing business. With this help I have been able to get the basics right, such as financial and business planning. This has helped me to work out a realistic way forward and set achievable goals. I have been able to identify what makes a small business solid with good foundations, such as looking after cash flow, identifying seasonal trends and being able to plan for them."
Vicky also attended broadband workshops run by the council, to develop her online presence. She launched a new website in January 2016 and saw sales improve immediately as she was able to employ up selling and cross selling skills discussed in the workshops. The business has also acquired a small office, become a limited company and has taken on its first employee. Vicky said: "These are all big steps and I would have struggled to have made them on my own without the help of the council's business team."
Knitting by Post has a growing portfolio of 150 knitting patterns, to which new patterns are added weekly. It plans on becoming the market leader for toy knitting patterns within three years. Currently, they sell on a small scale to local yarn shops around the country and this will be a big area for development for the business in the coming years.