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Agency shows genuine care in its approach to business

We did not know what to expect but Start and Grow is just what we needed. We received lots of information, making us highly professional in our approach Mike Cooper

Michael Rugoyi and Mike Cooper approached NBV (part of the Nwes Group) in May 2015. Both had extensive experience in mental health nursing and wanted to utilise this to launch an agency that genuinely cared for its staff, by giving them the opportunity to own Trent Nursing via a share scheme.

They met with East Midlands adviser Mike Gibbs who developed their ideas into a business plan, giving them a strategy.

One-to-one support has provided Mike and Michael with the skills they lacked to produce a solid business infrastructure. They have also benefited from ongoing training sessions covering networking, financing, digital engagement, how to grow their customer base.

They boosted their knowledge of recruitment and financing models and are now firmly positioned as a professional care provider.

Trent Nursing is already an established care agency, with a team of 5 permanent staff and 10 agency staff working across the Lincolnshire area. The business is growing rapidly and they aim to recruit 60 trained mental health nurses and care staff by the end of their first year.

Trent Nursing currently operate across three adjoining counties: Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Notts. They plan to expand nationally as their business grows, along with their recruitment plans. They are currently finalising two major contracts, one with the NHS, which they see as a positive development that is in line with their business plans.

Michael and Mike are clients of NBV (part of the Nwes Group) who delivers support to start and growing businesses across the East Midlands.  Under the Start & Grow programme the pair received 30 hours of support and attended 10 training days.  Trent Nursing created 5 jobs and has raised £72,000 in finance to invest into the business, and has experienced a 3% increase in turnover.

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