Tuesday, September 25, 2012

News: UK Steel Enterprise continues support for Rotherham entrepreneurs


Saxon Garage Doors has launched in Rotherham with help from UK Steel Enterprise's Kickstart Fund.

Craig Cullumbine specialises in fast response garage door repairs and servicing and says that it is his customer-first attitude that has seen his client base expand from South Yorkshire to Newcastle and Peterborough.

He said: "When people call me the first thing they ask is, how soon can you do the job? My reply is always – within a week, unless it's an unusual job. I'm currently developing a specialism in same day repairs for local clients as they don't want to be waiting a week next Thursday to get the garage door fixed.

"It's responding to customer needs that can set a new business apart from the competition and it's a plan I intend to stick with. I have seen poor service in the past and I just think that customers deserve better."

Craig received funding from UK Steel Enterprise's Kickstart fund to help him launch Saxon Garage Doors after he had spent several years working in the sector. He used the cash to pay for his promotional campaign, including the livery on his van.

UK Steel Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to start-up businesses to purchase essential equipment and or services that can get them trading. Its main investment fund provides business finance in amounts from £25,000 up to £750,000 to companies in South Yorkshire and other areas affected by changes in the steel industry.

Craig says that if it was not for the funding from UK Steel Enterprise it would have been so much harder to start up the new business: "The cash from UK Steel really took a lot of the stress out and made it possible to start trading. It's surprising how all the little bits you need add up to quite a bit of money, so I'm really grateful for the help UK Steel gave me."

Allan Wood, regional executive for UK Steel Enterprise, added: "Craig very quickly grasped that it is focussing on customer needs that keeps you in business. The fact that he is now developing niche services based on that principle bodes well for the future and we expect him to become an example to follow for other start-up businesses in Rotherham and South Yorkshire."

UK Steel Enterprise has set aside finance from its Kickstart Fund to target 30 young people in Rotherham with small scale funding that can make all the difference when it comes to starting a new business.

The Kickstart Fund makes grants of up to £500 to pay for essential equipment or materials to people looking to launch a new business or those that are in the early stages of trading.

UK Steel Enterprise website

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