Chance for Rugby entrepreneurs to get help

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber's enterprise coach Wendy Brown (left)  with Lynsey Kirby of New Wave Flowers NNL-160403-141141001
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber's enterprise coach Wendy Brown (left) with Lynsey Kirby of New Wave Flowers NNL-160403-141141001
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The secret of success for two new companies in Rugby will be shared with other budding entrepreneurs on Tuesday.

New Wave Flowers, a floristry business launched in Victoria Road ahead of Valentine’s Day, has enjoyed a successful start while Fellow Velo, an independent cycling touring holiday company based in Grendon Drive, has been created out of a passion for pedalling and France.

Both got support from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s enterprise coach, Wendy Brown, and she is urging others to take advantage of the support on offer.

That includes a start-up workshop this Tuesday, March 8, at Rugby Town Hall from 9.30am until 1.15pm, which is free to attend.

Wendy said: “The support programme we run in conjunction with Rugby Borough Council has been a great success and if anyone is thinking of starting a business they should get in touch.

“New Wave Flowers and Fellow Velo are very different businesses but both have got off to a great start and it is very pleasing to see new firms establishing themselves in this way.

“Having a great business idea is just the beginning – having a love and passion for what you do, coupled with seeking out the right advice and support, can go a long way in turning an idea into reality.”

New Wave Flowers, which offers floral arrangements for weddings and corporate clients, was started when Lynsey Kirby was unexpectedly made redundant from her previous job.

Instead of pursuing alternative employment, she decided to turn it into an opportunity to start a business.

Lynsey said: “It was hard work getting my business up and running in just six weeks but I was determined to launch in time for Valentine’s Day.

“I have been grateful for all the help and advice from my Enterprise Coach Wendy Brown from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. There is a wealth of information and support for start-ups.”

Fellow Velo’s launch has also been a boost for the local economy as its bicycles, web design, vehicle livery, printing and other marketing materials have all been supplied by Rugby businesses.

For more information on start-up support from the Chamber or to attend Tuesday’s workshop, call 024 7665 4321 or email startyourbusiness@cw-chamber.co.uk