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The sweet song of success from Nightingales

The Start & Grow programme has made my business a reality – and I’m delighted! Janette Hynes, MBE (Owner, Nightingales Eatery)

Janette Hynes MBE was looking for additional sources of income to support her charitable activities, offering young people from disadvantaged and troubled backgrounds a therapeutic experience to help grow their skills and positive attitude.

A new eatery with a difference in the thriving market town of Pickering became an attractive proposition. However, it was not the simple case of taking over an existing café. The premises chosen needed to be completed altered for its new purpose.

As a professional sports person, and qualified occupational therapist and sports coach, Janette is highly skilled ‐ but when it came to starting and running a small business enterprise as a profit centre she was a ‘fish out of water’. She required help and encouragement in most areas and soaked‐up the support and advice offered by Yorkshire Coast Enterprise (YCE).

Janette needed business start‐up finance and advice and, having registered with Virgin Start‐Up, was immediately directed to Yorkshire Coast Enterprise (YCE).

Through the Start & Grow programme, YCE worked with Janette on a business plan, persuading investors that she had not only had a viable idea but a clear grip on costs and indication of profitability. Janette was able to present a strong idea with growth and sustainability at its core. Marketing strategy assistance and networking encouragement was also key.

“Thank you to Yorkshire Coast Enterprise for the invaluable business support and guidance they provided. The Start & Grow programme has made my business a reality – and I’m delighted!” said Janette.

Janette Hynes MBE Owner of Nightingales Eatery

Nightingales Eatery opened at the end of January 2016, with six jobs created. Janette firmly believes the programme support not only helped her start the business, but will enable it to clearly grow too.

Janette is a client of Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Ltd, delivering business support in Yorkshire & Humber for National Enterprise Network.

Under the Start & Grow programme Janette received 8 hours of support and half a day’s training. She created 6 jobs, and leveraged £25,000 in finance alongside her own personal investment of £15,000 into the business.



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