“I’m so grateful for the help and support I’ve received from Growing Corby and I’m now looking forward to putting all of the recommendations into action and growing my business.”
“Mahesh and l have worked together for the last 25 years, so we work very well together, but when you first start out it can be very daunting and whilst we’re having a good first year so far, it’s difficult to know what to focus on and whether what you are doing is right.
“That’s why we were so interested in the free market research provided by Growing Corby. We are shortly launching a website to attract more customers and we’ve received valuable information from Growing Corby which will help us understand our potential customers better and develop an online business that will target them effectively.”
“I’m not very business minded and so l started talking to different people about what l wanted to achieve and someone recommended l speak to Aruna Bhagwan at Enterprise Solutions Northamptonshire. Aruna has been a huge help to me as part of the Growing Corby programme, and it was Aruna that first introduced the concept of social enterprises to me and how they work.”
“As well as thanking Growing Corby, l would also like to acknowledge support we received from Stuart Hartley at Angle, a partner of Growing Corby. They were instrumental in Hair Geeks being awarded the NHS contract; their services meant we had someone behind us who understood the procurement process and this, coupled with our product knowledge, helped us secure the contract.”
The application process was quick and easy and certainly not as daunting as we thought it would be. The grant has made a real difference to our business.
“I don’t think people know enough about the services available to start-ups. This kind of grant is a huge help. We’ve been completely self-funded all the way through and it’s just great not to rely on loans at this stage of the business. This will enable us to grow even faster.”
“We would recommend this scheme completely. For me, there are two aspects. Firstly, it is great to have a little bit of support financially. Secondly, it was almost a recognition of what our business is doing, which from a team perspective, is very rewarding and motivating “