Whilst Lee was in prison, he gained qualifications in mechanics, painting, decorating and bricklaying, so he decided that he would like to start a small business and
become a handyman to earn an income.
However, Lee didn’t know how to go about setting this up, as he was only receiving Universal Credit at the time. Lee needed help with buying tools, promoting his business and guidance on how to start a limited company.
Lee was referred to Entrepreneurs Unlocked, by DWRM Consultants CIC, and we assisted Lee in developing a business plan, provided guidance in setting up as self-employed, ensuring that he was aware of his liabilities and responsibilities, and also gave Lee guidance on how to promote his work.
Lee was very motivated to succeed and within eight weeks of the referral to Entrepreneurs Unlocked, he had successfully registered his new business and had started taking on clients.
Entrepreneurs Unlocked also provided £300 of vouchers for Lee to purchase new tools required for his new business.
Lee said: “I am really happy with all the help you have given me and I’m excited to see how my business goes. I am good at what I do, and everyone likes my work!”
Ruth McFarlane, Co-Director at DWRM Consultants CIC, said: “When we first spoke to Lee, he was very despondent because he had experienced so much rejection. However, he has engaged well with us throughout this process, and it has been a pleasure to see this successful outcome, thanks to the specialist support he has received from Entrepreneurs Unlocked and from our mentors at DWRM.”