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Razan used her culinary skills to set up her own business
Hi I’m Razan.
I fled the war in Syria to secure my family’s future. And now I’m running an award-winning cheese business in Yorkshire and I couldn’t be happier than that.
We came from Syria by late 2012. After the explosion at my husband’s office we thought we cannot risk our kid’s lives.
After we settled down, I start searching for a job but I couldn’t find anything. And at this point I start to think what am I good in?
I’m kind of a foodie person, I love cooking. And I love cheese actually. And I noticed that halloumi cheese is not available all seasons in the UK.
At this point I start to think that we are in a very nice green area, where milk is available widely and it’s very beautiful milk. So, why not make halloumi cheese?
I contacted the jobcentre and they referred me to the New Enterprise Allowance.
They can support you financially, they can support you mentoring. I did lots of workshops as well. This has helped me to understand the marketing, sales. They will help you in the regulation.
The mentoring role, it was really important for me because I’d never done any cheese in all my life but after then you meet the mentor and they say “Yes you can do it”, “You are doing correct, you are in the right direction”.
So this has given me back the confidence that, yes I can do it.
When we started we couldn’t think that we would reach this point after three years. But everything going just in the correct direction and that’s amazing.
How Colin used NEA to get his drone business off the ground
My name is Colin Young and with the help of New Enterprise Allowance scheme I set up North East Drone Services.
Before I started North East Drone Services I worked for a local university and I was a TV studio technician. There was redundancies.
At my age, trying to get a job in the industry was looking very doubtful and I had a decision to make, do I just then get any job or be my own boss.
I decided, give it a go, be your own boss, if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out but I tried.
I heard about New Enterprise Allowance through a leaflet I picked up while I was at the BIC, the Business Innovation Centre.
When I went to the jobcentre I told them I had an idea for a business and what was the NEA? They explained what it was and they set the ball rolling, and this is where I am now.
The New Enterprise Allowance scheme has helped me with initial funding and little bits and pieces that I wouldn’t have thought about, if I hadn’t gone to a Business Adviser.
She explained the ins and outs, of how I need to do it and the order I needed to do it.
I already have recommended New Enterprise Allowance to a friend of mine who is a local photographer, and she is reaping the benefits now.
It’s great to actually have my business up and running now, so finally the drone, my license, insurance, everything is in place. Ready to go.
Yanire made her dream a reality with the help of NEA
My name Yanire Sylvia Delgado and I do ceramics. I’m an artist and ceramic designer.
The New Enterprise Allowance was very, very important for me at the start of business
First of all because they gave me a mentor, and they provided me with some funds, so I can buy the main equipment, which is my kiln.
The mentoring was fundamental for me because as an artist I didn’t know anything about business, so with New Enterprise Allowance support the mentor not just helped me with the documents, he also orientated me in how I can sell the things better, where the markets could be.
My top tips to somebody new in the business is to do market research, because you have an idea of the product but you need to know if that will sell or not.
The second one is not to forget to do your accountancy. If you don’t have an income, you don’t have a business.
Learning how to sell is also another skill that if you don’t have it, you need to train on it, that’s what I would say.