DAVID Rogers is set to clean up with help from Be Enterprising.
The 38-year-old dad-of-one has set up CarpetZest, a specialised domestic and commercial carpet cleaning company. He approached Be Enterprising for help and advice after taking redundancy from his job last year.
The Be Enterprising programme is part of Solutions for Business, the Government’s package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.
David had to travel around the country more than he wanted in his previous job and, with a young daughter at home, decided self-employment was the best way to strike a better work/life balance.
After researching different business opportunities from hypnotherapy to oven cleaning franchises, he decided to invest in high quality carpet-cleaning equipment and a van. He then approached Be Enterprising for advice on starting his own business.
David, from Haswell explained: “I was ready for a complete change of direction. I researched recession-buoyant opportunities and decided on this.
“Be Enterprising was great. The help I got from them was two-pronged. They gave me invaluable advice about tax and national insurance and access to funding but they also referred me for help with marketing - which has been fantastic.”
David wanted CarpetZest to be a child, pet and eco-friendly business and purchased only high-end cleaning equipment which would ensure this. He is now building a strong client base and professional reputation through word of mouth from satisfied clients.
The company covers the whole of County Durham and David is contactable through his website www.carpetzest.co.uk
He added: “Self-employment is very fulfilling. I can concentrate on my own success without getting involved in company politics.
“I’m responsible for it all. It’s challenging but very worthwhile.”
Be Enterprising coach Steve Souter said: “David knew exactly what he wanted to achieve right from the start, which made helping him quite straightforward.
“I advised him about tax and national insurance contributions as a self-employed person and also on how to keep spreadsheets for Inland Revenue purposes.
“We also supported him in choosing suppliers, branding the company and the marketing side of things to get him off to a flier.
“Things are going really well so far.”