First taste of success for two new BBIC based companies who have recently graduated from the Barnsley Start Up Programmes - Smartstart and GENESIS
Leigh Humpleby, owner of Illuminate Training Services, recently joined the GENESIS Programme after attending a number of Smartstart workshops.
Her medical skills training and compliance business was born after she decided to put her time spent in the Army as an operating practicioner to good use.
Leigh says she always wanted to start her own business, even before she left the Army, and found Smartstart and GENESIS gave her the support she needed in those cruicial first few months. So much so that Illuminate Training Services have recently won their first contract with The Really Neet Project in Sheffield.
"I was looking for something like Smartstart or GENESIS, but I originally went down the road of training courses" says Leigh. " It was going to take three years of further study to get a business qualification and I wasn't guaranteed to have everything at the end of it".
"GENESIS makes you very positive about the things you're trying to do and achieve," says Leigh "the programme is a little family and I'm constantly meeting people who started on GENESIS or businesses which have since graduated who e-mail me with help and advice".
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Elite Logistics and Distribution Limited was started by lifelong friends and co-directors Tim Beswick and Martin Lever.
The same day logistics company based at the BBIC is primarily aimed at organisations who need to send anything of any size within one business day to a UK location.
The pair have a background in building contractor networks and logistics respectively and have put these skills to good use.
"It's a same day logistics company, targeted at businesses, solicitors, pharmaceutical companies - basically anyone who needs something delivered within the same business day," says Tim.
"We are working with a network of approved drivers across the country so we can cover every single postcode."
Martin and Tim hope by the end of year three they will be competing with UPS and TNT.
Tim said: "Ours is a premium service because all of our drivers will be checked and thoroughly vetted before they are even allowed to work for us. We only want the best that's why we called the business Elite."
They say that GENESIS has helped them change the vision for their business.
" It has been a massive help (GENESIS), says Martin. "The business coach and the free office space are brilliant. Our business has changed so much since we started a few months ago- and that's thanks to our marketing coach."
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