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Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it, the testimonials below have been received from people who have been helped by Business Doncaster: 

“My Business Buddy has proven to be a great asset to my business. From her initial optimism, which gave me the confidence to take the first step, she has always been available to guide me in the right direction.”
Debra Oxby, Riverside Accountancy Services

“We would like to thank Business Doncaster for your assistance in helping us apply for CHAS accreditation. We can honestly say that without your help we wouldn’t have been able to cope.”
Qube 8 Limited

“I have undertaken free workshops, courses and exhibitions and have been given excellent advice in many business areas. All which have boosted my business and motivated both me and my working team. It has been wonderful to know that there is a service available for help and advice when you are not sure where to turn.”
Kay Largent, Cusworth Hall Tearooms

“My business buddy has both encouraged and supported me through good times and bad, especially over the Christmas period when I almost gave up the business and joined the dole queue.” 
Yvonne Standidge, Vivaldi Exclusive Dressmaker

“My Business Doncaster mentor’s expertise helped open my eyes. It gave me a great deal of knowledge in marketing and how to get results for my business.”
Katherine Roberts – Hunters estate agents

“Dear Business Doncaster Team,
Refurnish were awarded the 2010 Doncaster Employer of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement. We are extremely honoured and proud to have won this award in recognition of our work. Refurnish could not have achieved this award without the fantastic support of Business Doncaster and its employees.”
Andy Simpson, Chief Executive, Refurnish

“I have nothing but praise and thanks for what my D100 mentor has brought out in me, as he said ‘it was always in there but he showed me how to bring it out’.”
Andy Robinson – Total Care Installations

“Without Business Doncaster I would not be where I am today. It has taken a lot of hard work to move my business so far in such a short period of time but it has been completely worth it.”
Rebecca Taylor – The Original Lash and Nail Bar

“Without the Business Doncaster loan fun I would not have been able to raise the funds to promote my business on the internet and reach out to customers that would not normally be a market to me.”
Sandra Dowson – Elite Bridal Wear 

“I have nothing but praise for my mentors. The support they have given me is invaluable. They obviously know their stuff and industries inside and out. I’ve been given the confidence to push myself, I didn’t know anything about publishing when I wrote the novel. My mentors have been good at giving me direction and I now feel confident in what I have to do next.”
Andrew Gardner – Author

“Having never run a business myself before, the help I have received from Business Doncaster has been invaluable.  Its reassuring to know there is someone there for me and knowing they are on hand to help when I need it.”
Pauline Fraser – Ajay’s Dancewear

“I wanted to personally write and thank you for the valuable service that the recently established Finance Friends project provided for Icon Events Ltd.  Over the past few months Icon Events have been undergoing positive growing pains to say the least!  Alongside the changes that a growing company experiences we have found the professional support your team have provided invaluable and excellent!”
Emily Moncuit, Client Services Director – Icon Events

“They’ve helped us through the whole process of setting up the business.  Their advice has been extremely valuable and with their support we’ve found it much easier to get started.”
Ovidiu Staicu – Force 10 Property

“I am really happy that, through Business Doncaster, I am able to help other people learn music skills. I really couldn’t have done this without the help I received. The team helped me understand the more difficult financial aspects of starting up a business.”
Olu Jemiraye – Grace Harvest

“I would recommend Business Doncaster and the Business Buddies programme to any business who needs support, guidance, mentoring and signposting to help their business start up or continue to grow and develop.”
Michelle Lazenby – Athena Training LTD

“The benefits of the programme have meant I have met new people and gained a lot of confidence in myself.”
Trevor Nadolny – Jobmates beneficiary

“Jobmates helped boost my confidence and helped me present myself at the interview. I would have no hesitation in recommending the service to any friends or people I know who need help in finding work.”
Christopher Tinsley – Jobmates beneficiary

“I always pass details of CIDA’s Creativity in Business programme and Business Doncaster to friends and colleagues. It’s been brilliant for clear thinking and I’d still be struggling were it not for the expert help.”
Sarah Cowen – Creative Footprints

“The mentoring experience has been incredibly positive. My mentor has been brilliant. She’s looking at my business from the outside, and as such, she can see things that I’d completely miss.”
Kristy Wilcox – Ecoknits

“My business buddy has helped me tremendously.  She has given me ideas on how to enhance my business and put me in touch with numerous professionals who’ve given me advice.”
Janice Jinks – Kidz R Us

“Becoming self employed was the best decision I have ever made and without the support from Business Doncaster I don’t know where I would be now.”
Rebecca Taylor – Locks and Lashes

“The concepts and advice I received from my business buddy became very easy to apply. She was efficient in ensuring I could understand and use the information given and I felt very secure that I was with an experienced advisor who was incredibly helpful.”
Mick Shore – Mick Shore’s Academy of Martial Arts

“As a relatively young company we are probably facing the same challenges as many other small businesses. The Business Buddy has been invaluable and given us some great advice through the Business Doncaster initiative.”
Nigel Sykes – Peppertree Creative

“I had the practical experience but no business experience.  I wouldn’t really have known where to go but Business Doncaster pointed me in the right direction.”
Sandra Wright – Steele Magnolia

“May I take this opportunity to thank you and your support team of business success for all the help and advice you have given me over the last few weeks. The advice you have given me is saving me money, helping me promote my business, and further more the advice is free. Being a Sole Trader I often repel advice from others, but I decided to listen for once, (a lesson to other traders) and the advice was well worth hearing and adhering to. Once again thank you and the Business Doncaster team, along with wishing you all the best for the future.”
J.P. Astbury – Home Computer Services 

“I am 100% happy that I had this meeting with my Finance Friend.  He has opened my eyes to a lot this morning and made the financial part of this process smooth.  He is a confident man and very competent.”
Lola Olude

“This cash flow has really helped me to see my finances clearly and I couldn’t have done this without the support of my Finance Friend.”
Belinda White

Need Inspiration?

Be inspired, read the full stories of people who have been helped by Business Doncaster in the Success Stories area of the website.                                                                                                                              


FURTHER SOURCES OF HELP FROM OUR PARTNERS
Donbac Logo

Donbac provides loans and advice to new and established businesses across South Yorkshire. Established in Doncaster in 1985 Donbac has a long and successful history or working in partnership with public and private sector support agencies to help businesses access finance.

Doncaster College Logo

Doncaster College is a large provider of further education in South Yorkshire. It offers numerous training routes from entry level through to master qualifications, apprenticeships undergraduate and post graduate qualifications, professional and work based vocational qualifications and bespoke training.

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Doncaster Chamber of Commerce is an independent membership organisation that provides support and representation for businesses operating in and around Doncaster. The Chamber is passionate about making Doncaster a better place to do business and serves as the eyes, ears and voice of Doncaster business at a local, regional, national and international level

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Jobcentre Plus forms part of the Department of Work and Pensions. As a public employment service, Jobcentre Plus provides a range of practical support to help employers find people with the right skills to apply for vacancies. This support includes advice on the jobs market, vacancy recruitment, training and help with managing redundancies.

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