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Rotherham Is Ready For Business

posted 26 Nov 2013, 07:46 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 26 Nov 2013, 07:50 ]
People in the Rotherham area looking to start their own business can now benefit from a new programme which offers expert support, advice and training. 

Rotherham Ready For Business is the new project, managed by Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO), the business and regeneration arm of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). Part of the national 'Ready For Business' programme sponsored by Barclays, it offers potential start-up businesses the opportunity to get ready for business success through proper training, support, advice and commercial investment.

A local business who has already benefited from RiDO assistance is Vonhatski Amps, who design and hand-build professional quality guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets from their base in RiDO’s Century Business Centre at Manvers.

Owner Stefan Vonhatski explains how RiDO has helped his business in the early years since its launch in 2011; "Without the support of RiDO it is safe to assume that our high growth strategy would have suffered. With RiDO I know I have instant access to a legion of business professionals more than happy to help in any way they can to bring success to my business, the local area, and the national economy. 

"Through the RiDO support network we have benefited from free assistance in a great many areas such as HR, marketing, establishing a profile in Europe, networking, grants, and one-to-one assistance from a RiDO business development professional.

"Any new business has the potential to be a success, but inviting the support of RiDO will make the journey that little bit more enjoyable."

The new RiDO programme includes A FREE introductory one-day event for all, which covers the fundamentals of setting up in business including financial forecasting, taxation/VAT, marketing and business planning.

Individuals will then be invited to participate in the next stage of the programme which includes; one-to-one assessments with an experienced, independent business adviser; an intensive support programme, leading to the development of a robust business plan; and dedicated ongoing support both before and after the business starts trading.

Tim O'Connell, business development manager at RiDO adds; "Over the past ten years the Rotherham area has been a great location for people wanting to set up their own businesses. Since 2000, RIDO's Business Centre has been home to over 500 businesses, creating around 1800 jobs, and many former tenants have gone on to become larger, established businesses, operating in global markets. 

"The excellent incubation and enterprise support services provided by the Council and its partners across the Borough have been recognised nationally through such competitions as 'The Most Enterprising Place in Britain', and this new start up support programme will continue a fine tradition of helping businesses to succeed in the critical early first years of their trading." 

To find out more about the Rotherham Ready For Business programme, contact RIDO on 01709 254444.