November 2017 Case Study: Nose to Tail Dog Grooming

2017/11/nose1-e1509979188831-300×169.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”169″ />

Judy Adams has always been a lover of animals and this last year she decided to turn her love of pet care into a business.

Looking to start a dog grooming business, Judy attended a local Business Start-up Masterclass to understand the details of starting her own venture. She was then assigned a personal business advisor who assisted her with further development of her business plan alongside general start up preparation which included detailed 1-2-1 advice and guidance sessions as well as attending a Marketing and Media workshop to assist with growth of sales in her early months of trading.   Her advisor also assisted her to apply for a Business to Consumer Grant to help towards some initial Start-up costs.

Now successfully set up and trading, the future looks positive as Judy has already over achieved her initial sales predictions!

New Business owner Judy told us:

“The concept of starting my own business was daunting however, the support I have received from “The Enterprising Worcestershire” programme has been excellent.”

“I have gained considerable insight and understanding of setting up and running my own business including advice on business planning and marketing along with an awareness of potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.”

“I don’t believe I would be where I am now and running my own fledgling business without the support I have received. “

Judy goes on to say:

“The first steps in starting your own business are daunting, but the support provided by Blue Orchid has been invaluable and I would highly recommend anyone thinking of starting their own business to join the program. You will receive invaluable advice and guidance regarding your business ideas and the business support to succeed”

October 2017 Case Study: Waylands Yard

Name: Sam Smith
Area: Worcester
Business: Wayland’s Yard Coffee Shop & School

Sam Smith is an ex Worcester Warriors player and had a long term ambition to start his own business as part of his retirement strategy from Rugby.

Sam enrolled himself on the Enterprising Worcestershire programme to see what help and support he could receive to take his business idea from concept through to reality.

Sam was allocated his own experienced Business Advisor who worked with him to develop his business plan and cash flow forecast.  They also put him in touch with Worcester City council who helped him financially by organising a grant to help with the costs of renovation of his new coffee house.

Having started his business and creating 3 new locally based jobs, Sam is looking to the future as his own boss of Wayland’s Yard.

New Business owner Sam told us:

“The business is going from strength to strength and we have had to expand to include ‘the yard’; an outside seating area to the rear of the property which has had barristers compete in ‘coffee art’ competitions.”

“Receiving the Start-up Grant from Worcester City Council was great and really helped us push forward with our growth plans”

To find out more visit the website