September 2017 Case Study: Jane Wilson – Tutor

Having been a qualified teacher for years, Jayne wanted to investigate starting her own business as a personal tutor. Having spent years passing all the qualifications and requirements Jayne wanted to understand the practicalities of setting up her own business as well as looking for any financial support to help her with some of her start-up costs.

Through the Cheshire West and Chester Start up Programme, Jayne was assigned a dedicated start up advisor who assisted her finalising her business plan and financial forecasts as well as connecting her up with and assisting with the application process for the local start up grant provided by Cheshire West and Cheshire Council.

Jayne was also sign posted to the Business Growth Team at the Council to review the series of Masterclass workshops she is eligible to attend for further business growth support.

Having been successful and now started trading, Jayne is looking forward to her businesses future and will be looking to launch new services to the area within schools and colleges in the immediate future.

New Business owner Jayne says:

“I was struggling to find possible grants for my new business, however I found that Cheshire West Council offer local grants for new Northwich businesses. I applied for the £250 grant and with the help of my business advisor who helped me produce a cash flow forecast for my business I gained the grant.”

Jayne goes on to say:

“This has helped me enormously, as it has helped me cover the costs of some of the equipment I needed to buy, such as books, computer and learning resources. It also made me feel that my business was important to the local community.”

 “I would recommend anyone who is thinking of starting a business to make contact with the programme as it offers practical support to help you get started”

October 2017 Case Study: Leana Hughes – Counselling and Therapist

Having experienced her own personal trauma in her past, Leana used this to take control of her own decisions and this led her to decide a career in counselling was her future!

Having put herself through the industry training and qualifications, she then approached the Cheshire West and Chester Start up Programme for support in exploring self-employment as she had never started a business before.

Leana attended a Business Masterclass session which helped her understand the foundational knowledge of starting a business. She was then assigned a personal business advisor who assisted her to create a formalised business plan and spent time exploring and firming up her cash flow forecasts. Following this, her business advisor helped her access some start-up capital to assist with initial start-up costs and also put her in touch with the “Business Growth Programme” for further Growth Planning Support.

Leana has now started her business and the future looks bright. Ever ambitious Leana’s 10-year plan is to grow her business to a multi-disciplinary practise, which judging by her commitment, may be realised sooner rather than later.

New Business owner Leana says:

“I have been blown away by the support available via Cheshire West and Chester Start up Programme. It has shown me how to write a business plan and the Cashflow forecast, which has been quite illuminating”

“My business advisor has connected me with the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme where I received some very useful Masterclasses. She also assisted me in receiving a £250 grant to help me with start-up costs. What I find most valuable is that they are always available for me to come and see her if I have any questions. I feel supported and held while embarking on (what can be) an overwhelming experience.”

Leana goes on to say:

“What I equally found helpful is the events on offer. Where in the world can you receive such high level of support and this, for free? Almost unheard of!

I have already attended 2 such events.   I have the programme and the local Chambers to thank for their encouragement and true wisdom.”


November 2017 Case Study: Martin De Havilland – Braille Material Manufacturer

Having had 11 years of experience working in the Aviation industry and spotting a gap in the market where Braille materials weren’t actively embraced, coupled with recent legislation changes enforcing public-facing organisations to adopt alternative format materials, a niche in the market was found and Martin decided to spring into action.

Contacting the Cheshire West and Chester Start up Programme, Martin was supported to formalise his cash flow predictions as well as putting together his business plan. Through a series of meetings his dedicated Business Advisor assisted with a series of business related uncertainties ranging from the legal set up of his business through to how to price his services effectively to operate profitably as a business.

He was also assisted to put together an application for the local Business Start-up Grant which has now been approved.

The sky is now the limit for Martin as he actively targets airports and airlines (to produce on board flight safety cards, in flight magazines, menus etc.), local authorities (to produce information leaflets and voting cards for elections), online and high street greetings cards companies (to produce bespoke greetings cards).

New Business owner Martin says:

“When working for yourself, especially trying to sell a pioneering product to some big players, you can become disillusioned. It’s easy to feel that it’s all falling down about your ears. Having that support and encouragement is essential. Knowing that you are doing the right thing spurs you to push that little further toward your goal. Carole has been that spur, that invaluable mentor.

“Yet to receive any remittance from clients, financial support alongside general business advice is just as valued. My Business Advisor helped lodge an application for a grant from Cheshire West and Chester council which has been a massive boost to my new business”

Martin goes on to say:

“The support and encouragement I have received from Cheshire West and Chester Start-up has been exceptional – my greatest thanks has to go to Carole Shepphard. The input from Carole has been invaluable.”