Tuesday, November 17, 2009

News: Building youth enterprise in Rotherham


A determined Rotherham tradesman is looking to build up his own business after receiving backing from a local business project.

Danny Winterman, 27, of Dinnington, Rotherham, dreamed of running his own joinery business after gaining qualifications and experience in the industry, as well as working on BBC one’s DIY SOS, but needed a helping hand when it came to setting up his interior installation company, Pheonix Luxury Interiors.

It was only when Danny, was introduced to Rotherham Enterprise, which provides self-employment support and advice for young adults in the area that he realised having a successful career in business could become a reality.

Danny said: "After I secured a job with one of Harrogate's largest interior installation companies, I learnt so much about the manufacturing and installation trade and it gave me the confidence and inspiration to think about setting up my own business.

"There were certain difficulties I had in raising the money to get started in such economic conditions, along with the added pressures of supporting a family on such an uncertain income, which made setting up more of a challenge than I had thought."

The project offered him subsidised workshops at the Matrix Business Centre in Dinnington, for six months free of charge to help him find his feet in the business world.

"It's been far from easy and there were times when I thought I might have to give up on my idea, but thanks to Rotherham Enterprise, I have finally got the support and financial backing I need. The free workspace has and will continue to keep my costs to a minimum while establishing my business."

As well as supplying and installing kitchens and bedrooms, the company offers themed children's bedrooms including wardrobes, headboards, beds, and bedside tables, all incorporating the Rotherham United theme throughout.

Phoenix Luxory Interiors website

Rotherham Enterprise website

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