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Entrepreneur Sees the Future - and it Works!

posted 22 Jan 2010, 06:38 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 06:41 ]
Originally Posted: Friday 27th February 2009
Entrepreneurs have looked into the future – and seen how Rotherham could help make it work for them.More than 50 visitors, about half of them people who are or want to be their own boss, attended an open day at the Borough Council’s latest purpose-built business centre for start-up and growing companies, Matrix@Dinnington.

A symbol of the enterprise future for the local, and national, economy, Matrix sits on the site of one of the borough’s industrial foundations of the past, the township’s former colliery, now a shining new business park. The centre is run by Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO), the council’s regeneration arm.

“This place really has the wow factor,” said Cath and Thomas Madden, who run their electrical testing company, Portable Appliance Testing, in Maltby. “We’re a new company and working from home, but we would loveto move in here once we’re a little bit more established. Very impressed – by the price, the quality, and the support from RiDO.

”Entrepreneurs saw where their companies could be located, in a sparkling new centre combining offices and industrial units. And, just as important, they heard from people who had taken the leap of faith before them, to set up on their own.

People such as Jacqui Saxon, of the Ultimate Balloon Company UK Ltd, and Dave Ward, of Fusion Office Interiors, both of whom are in another purpose-built centre, at Templeborough –
Fusion@Magna – and headline speaker Jean Stewart, who runs her own business consultancy JS Development in Doncaster.

She has been helping companies train their staff and develop their businesses over the past 10 years, and told the entrepreneurs: “Never say, ‘I’m only a one-man or one-woman, or even a small, business. You are a business – you need to be taken seriously.”

RiDO business development team manager Tim O’Connell gave an overview of how the council’s four purpose-built centres helped companies, not least through the practical, and free, advice, guidance and support of the RiDO and Rotherham Youth Enterprise business advisers – highly praised by other speakers.

Enterprise team manager Geoff Link said: “In times like this, with recession biting, people may be wondering what the future holds for them. Rotherham found in the last recession that there was a surge of start-ups. Much of work, including this event, is about saying to anyone considering such a life-changing option – the help and support you need is here, and space is not only here but here in high quality and at low cost.”