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Tinyan O’s story

Our Enterprise Support team helped Tinyan set up his own business supporting young people prepare for employment.

Forward has supported me with my organisation, Chasing Prospects CIC, for over a year. Chasing Prospects helps young people to develop skills for employment through advice, support and training. Forward’s Enterprise Coach, Stephen, helped me with all aspects of setting up my business including funding advice, where to find resources and networking opportunities. He has also provided very helpful advice about the financial implications of setting up my own, and helped me refine my business plan.

The constant encouragement via emails and calls increased my confidence and helped turn Chasing Prospects into fully-fledged organisation.

Covid 19 and the lockdowns presented various challenges, but Stephen maintained contact with me throughout. The constant encouragement via emails and calls increased my confidence and helped turn Chasing Prospects into fully-fledged organisation. With Stephen’s support, I successfully applied for a small business grant through the Forward Enterprise Micro-grant pilot which has helped my organisation take the next step to help diversify how I deliver workshops.

I also took part in Forward’s series of online enterprise masterclasses, which were so rewarding and informative with real practical takeaways and resources. They really helped with new ideas, knowledge and tips, as well as resilience when setbacks occur.

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It’s so reassuring, as an ex-offender, to get genuine support. Not only have Forward supported the development of my business, but they’ve introduced me to a network of other business owners who have similar lived experience and social goals for their companies. That network has been invaluable.

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