Following a period of personal upheaval, Andy Tough found himself unemployed. He had previously worked for over 10 years as a funeral director, but was unable to get back into this type of work. As time went on, Andy became increasingly frustrated with a life on benefits and approached Kickstart to look into the viability of working for himself. Initially Andy wanted to set up his own funeral directing business, as he has a great many contacts in this area. However he struggled to raise the capital required, as he needed premises, equipment and some working capital. It was definitely not a business that could be run from home!
Andy worked with Enterprise Coach Candy Squire-Watt to explore his options. Initially they explored different options and premises for the funeral business, but as Andy was increasingly clear about his desire to work for himself, they also spent some time looking at what else he could do. Andy is very sociable and confident, and one of the ideas he had was to run a pub. With this as a goal, Andy soon heard about a local pub in Keighley; The Woolpack, which had been closed but had since been bought by a different landlord, who were looking for someone to take over the licence on a self-employed basis. They were keen to have someone with good local knowledge who would put their own stamp on the business and make it a success.
Andy had a chat to Candy about the opportunity and decided to apply. Candy also referred him to the New Enterprise Allowance programme, and his jobcentre adviser referred him onto this. With Candy’s help he completed a business plan for The Woolpack, planning how he could attract a new clientele and all the things he wanted to offer such as Karaoke nights, Dominos, Snooker and live music. Andy said; ‘Candy has been so helpful, I needed a lot of help to put together the business plan as I didn’t have access to a computer for much of the time. She asked questions I wouldn’t have thought of which helped to get the business plan approved.’
Where They Are Now
The business plan was approved and Andy transferred onto the New Enterprise Allowance. This meant that Andy could take over the pub with the benefit of some financial help for the first 6 months; building the business gradually. As it was just before Christmas when he took over he really had to hit the ground running, and was working long hours from day 1. However, he knows that the New Year will bring different challenges, and he has plans to develop the pub, including re-introducing food. Candy will be on hand to support him as he continues his journey into self employment and builds a business that will support him for many years to come.
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