Paul Mundy - JMP Structures
Paul he employs several staff in his fabrication company and plans to continue to build into the future. He has customers all over the UK and provides bespoke solution for large building projects. "If it wasn't for the business plan and financial forecasts CDC helped us produce we would have never got started".
Sheena Patton - Community Kidz Club
When I embarked on starting my own business, a friend told me about the CDC Enterprise Agency located at the local community centre. During my visit I met with Linda Ferguson who advised me on everything I needed to start up my own business. I have attend several meetings at Enterprise Ch-le-St where I met with other local businesses and found their input and service of great value to my business. Today, two years on, I can still contact Linda at Enterprise and receive much needed help and advice (needless to say I would not be in the position I am today if I had not had Linda’s ...
Clare Hammond and Robert Geddes - RG Developments
We went to CDC to get help with the setting up of our business. Robert had the main help as setting up as a sole trader in Plastering before the limited company was set up. CDC helped us with ideas as a limited company also on research, financial issues, and a great business plan. The support from CDC through out the last 2 years has been amazing. We make regular visits, and the staff are always very happy to give support/advice when ever we need it.
Alyson Upton and Joanne Cook - Uplift Associates Ltd
We contacted CDC for help and support in setting up our business. It was a new arena we were exploring (running a business) and we felt we needed all the help and support we could get. Michael Harriot was the Business Coach we met, both of us were extremely happy with the advice given on our first visit. Michael gave us contacts for funding, network events and instructions of what our next steps could be. On numerous occasions we contacted Michael asking for his professional advice relating to sales, back accounts, insurances and the current market for our product. Amongst answeri...
Ben Sellers - People's Bookshop
I went to CDC with the intention of getting help on the technical side of setting up a business – for example the accounting or the insurance requirements. They helped me with those aspects in no time. However, the biggest thing that I needed was the confidence to make the leap into something I’d never done before. The advisor at CDC gave me that confidence by arming me with some of the basics, but most importantly, with their sheer enthusiasm for my project, they convinced me to ‘go for it’. Without that, I might not have done it. I might have opted for the safe option of a 9-to-5...
Joan Laverick - Authentic Sea Glass
Joan has found the on-going assistance and advice from CDC Enterprise Agency at every stage of the business development to be invaluable, and feels that the workshops facilitated by the agency have been particularly helpful in equipping her with business skills and acumen to complement her creative talent and thus make a success of her business.
Rachel Townsend Green - Au Fait Business and Marketing
We approached CDC initially to gain some third party advice as to the viability of our business concept. They were invaluable in providing us with not only the physical tools to assist with our business planning but also the strategic insight required in order to ensure that all relevant areas had been considered, planned for and resourced. We view our relationship with CDC as a long-term commitment, we refer to them often when considering various emergent factors in the marketplace and they have, in essence, become our Non-Exec Director, providing non-emotional, unbiased, factually dr...
David Leighton - D & D Saferider Motorcylce Training
The support from these guys was amazing! CDC has helped me in every aspect of starting my own business. Without CDC I would really have struggled . They helped with everything from advice on advertising to business plans. Michael made himself available 24-7 and anything I needed I knew he was just a phone call away. I have to say that the support from these guys is amazing and still now nearly 8 months on I still stay in touch regularly and again I am still getting support which is needed. I would strongly recommend CDC to any one starting a business.