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How Steven started his own business

Steven served in the army with the Corps of Royal Engineers until he was 24 years old. After leaving he returned home to Limehurst Estate to be with his partner and worked as a painter and decorator.

Steven was made redundant in November 2013. He thought of starting his own business, commercial kitchen deep cleaning, after seeing the success of a friend who had started a similar company. “I wanted to start my own business, didn’t have a clue how to do it. I didn’t know you could get help” said Steven.

Steven contacted the locally based specialist business adviser with Upturn [Regenda’s social enterprise partner] who provides business support at Limehurst Village (Regenda has launched a programme in Limehurst to support residents in self employment and small businesses).

Steven said “it was a coincidence that the flyer about the business support came through the letterbox just as I had discussed starting a business with my partner. With having three young children it was a big step to take but I feel confident that I will be able to improve things for the whole family.”

After four meetings with the business advisor, Steven had registered his business, S.T.P Deep Cleaning Solutions Ltd at Companies House. He’s been referred to Bolton Ventures to take advantage of their free business plan writing service.

Steven received a grant from the local Regenda Enterprise fund to cover the cost of an essential training course which he needed to issue HVCA TR19 certificates Fire Safety and cleanliness for commercial kitchens.

The business advisor said “Steven had a sound business idea that he knew would work but he didn’t have the experience or confidence to take it forward on his own. It was a pleasure to work with him and see his confidence and knowledge grow”.

Chris Standish, Limehurst Project Manager, Regenda said “What Steven has done is very brave and, through sheer hard work, he’s determined to improve his life and the life of his family. We are very pleased to played a part in that and wish him and his business all the success in the future.”

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