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Threat of redundancy transports Neil to business owner status

It is early days for the company but I am excited and looking forward to the future Neil Thomas, Blue Triangle Training

Facing the possibility of redundancy after a career spent solely in the transport sector, Neil Thomas found the motivation to set up his own business.

Launched amidst a growing nationwide crisis over driver shortages, Neil set up Blue Triangle Training, and HGV training firm offering tuition to drivers wanting to gain their HGV/LGV licences.

However, having always been an employee, Neil needed guidance and support from a business adviser to take him through the legalities and practicalities of running his own business.  Neil lacked the acumen and need guidance in two key areas:

Firstly he was supported with financial forecasting to ensure the business was viable, and secondly the different options for legally structuring his business were explained.

Throughout the Start & Grow journey, Neil obtained guidance on what steps to take in order to successfully launch his business, including referral to additional resources to help to form a marketing strategy.  The support is having a huge impact now that the business is up and running.  Principle leaned have given Neil the framework his business needed.

There are future aspirations in place too.  Neil is keen to grow the business over the coming years to become a household name within the transport sector.  Scaling a business is an exciting step forward and one that is now possible for Neil thanks to the ongoing support of the Start & Grow programme.

Neil Thomas is a client of National Enterprise Network delivering business support in the West Midlands.

Under the Start & Grow programme Neil had received 9.5 hours of support and attended bespoke one-to-one training days.  His business is self funded and has created 2 jobs.

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