Allan Davidge

“I don’t think the shop would be up and running as successfully as it is without the support I received from St Helens Chamber.

“I am still fully supported by the Chamber now that the shop is up and running. The team is there to advise you at any stage.

“I would highly recommend St Helens Chamber for help with starting a business – it paid off for me!”

Allan Davidge, 51st Skate
Peter van der Boon showcasing his products and website.

“I never liked working for a boss. I always had a plan to work for myself and I’m really glad I approached St Helens Chamber.

“I am a perfectionist and in the past I have been reluctant to take the plunge and launch my business but the Chamber support really helped.”

Peter Van Der Boon
Stephen Donoghue

“The level of knowledge and professionalism from the advisers, plus their encouragement and support, really helped me at the crucial early stages.

I can’t emphasise enough my appreciation and need for this support as I feel the beginning is the hardest when you are trying to get the business off the ground."

Stephen Donoghue, Eggbox Web Design

“We went in with such big ideas that we thought were achievable but in reality weren’t. The advisers were great at making us think realistically.”

John Hogg, actOvation

“I’ve had a lot of support from St Helens Chamber especially from my mentor, Stella. She has pointed me in the right direction and given me help with budgeting and finding suppliers.”

“It’s really helpful to be able to throw ideas around, and if it’s a bad idea the mentor doesn’t have a problem telling me it’s a bad idea and that saves me a lot of time researching and finding out on my own."

Mark Marston, Bespoke Trailer Conversions

"The Enterprise Greenhouse was ideal for a start up business. Nearly five years here has allowed us to work in a professional setting with the added benefit of what's included in the lease like furniture, IT etc."

Iain Jennions - Jennions Macken Ltd.

" The courses were really useful and covered things that I hadn't even considered like how to do accounts. The course gave me an overview and helped me to get started."

Lisa Mitchell - Chrysalis Marketing

“The process of going through the Chamber was great. I’ve always worked in St Helens and was aware of the Chamber, but didn’t know how big it was. The whole process was seamless.

“The minute that you walked through the door, it was very professional and you can see that they mean business. The whole ethos is very encouraging from the start.”

Julia Folan, Mary J Sews

“I would highly recommend the Chamber’s Business Start-up support. It’s quality advice from business experts and it’s been invaluable for me, especially the one-to-one time with my Business Coach.

“The Chamber empowered me to come out of work and pursue self-employment and I don’t think the business would be as far ahead as it is right now without their support.”

Mike Caffrey, Alpha Swim
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