Earlier this year, the Business Support Team at Make It York met with Oliver Bradley, a Masters Graduate of York St John University Business School, to support his start-up business concept. Oliver commented on the support provided,
“I visited Chris Bush and Mark Bates at York Means Business (Make it York) in December 2016 to introduce them to my start-up, Smart Sustainability Co. Smart Sustainability Co. is a sustainability management consultancy that supports businesses by developing strategies and solutions that improve environmental, social and business performance. Whilst creating my business plan, several questions arose that I knew would best be answered by seeking help, particularly those related to the York business community.
Chris, Mark and I met to answer questions and exchange ideas around technicalities such as business insurance, letters of engagement and terms of business, as well as local networking opportunities. Mark’s prior experience in consultancy proved particularly useful, as he shared tips about the realities of working with other companies in a consultancy capacity, sharing valuable lessons. Chris recommended a service for website usability testing, which helped improve our company website.
I left Chris and Mark feeling equipped to proceed in areas I was previously unsure of and with direction to useful resources. It was invaluable to discuss my ideas with Chris and Mark as “outsiders” to my business, particularly in the early stages where many of my ideas were relatively undeveloped and their feedback was invaluable. I think one of the challenges of starting up in business is feeling a little isolated and uncertain. Chris and Mark helped me feel surer of my ideas and ready to proceed. Their advice on local networking opportunities in particular saved me time as they identified the networks most likely to be appropriate.”
Six months on, Oliver has been in touch to inform the team that his business ‘Smart Sustainability Co.’ is now trading, they are involved in some exciting projects and have recruited four members of staff. Chris Bush, Business Development Executive at Make It York commented,
“As a fellow graduate of York St John University I was really pleased to get the opportunity to support Oliver. At Make It York our doors are always open to any person with ambitions of starting-up their own business in the city of York.”