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“Meetings with industry professionals really helped us”, Crystal Clean Service Ltd

February 13, 2014

Crystal Clean Service Ltd is an award winning commercial cleaning and hygiene service provider.

They work predominantly within large offices, business centres, car dealerships and manufacturing and engineering industries. Since being founded in 2008 Crystal Clean has grown from 1 to over 50 employees and has recently moved into the Sheffield area. Some of their clients you might have heard of include GK Ford, Chesterfield Special Cylinders and PCMS Engineering

SENTA have assisted us with one of our biggest barriers to growth which is sales and marketing. This might sound bizarre for a company that has grown as we have but our growth has been achieved by recommendation, referrals and business networking.  This is of course the very best way to grow any business but we felt that there were other and in some cases much bigger opportunities for us to take hold of but in order to do this we needed to make those much dreaded sales calls.

Through SENTA we have been able to access sales training and assistance with our marketing plan. This teamed with 1-2-1 meetings with industry professionals really helped us to re-evaluate our situation and make definitive marketing and sales plans to aid our growth plans and make our vision a more realistic goal.

SENTA have been an asset to our business. They have helped us to reduce one of our barriers to growth and make our vision a feel much more realistic and achievable. We still have work to do on this but it has been a very interesting process so far and I am glad we have been able to access this support in Sheffield through the Enterprise Programme.

Crystal Clean Service Ltd

Unit 16 SCEDU
53 Mowbray Street
S3 8EN

Tel: 0114 361 0090



December 4, 2013

Sheffield based Proud to Care has beaten off stiff competition from around the UK to be named the Best Growth Potential Start-Up at the inaugural Ready for Business Awards 2013. 

Gary Hardman, Proud to Care Ltd

Ready for Business, the investment readiness start-up programme that supports new enterprises across England, has delivered more than 2,500 new jobs nationwide since its launch last summer.  The programme aims to create 6,000 businesses with 10,000 new jobs, is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Barclays and is delivered by the Cavendish Consortium, a partnership between some of England’s leading enterprise agencies together with the National Enterprise Network; in the Yorkshire & Humber region, Ready for Business is provided by National Enterprise Network through a network of local agencies.
The national finals, which were held at the House of Commons in London, saw the 22 start-up businesses from throughout England that had previously triumphed at regional level gather to compete for one of three prestigious titles.  The Awards were created to celebrate the cream of business start-up, enterprise and innovation and were attended by 150 invited guests including MPs, leading figures in enterprise support and representatives from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Proud to Care was established a year ago by Gary Hardman and provides care, support and companionship to people in their own homes.  Since opening its doors, Proud to Care has exceeded its targets for turnover and care provision hours as well as creating 16 new jobs.  The business now has 18 clients with a range of needs including older people, those with dementia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and those with end of life needs and aims to create a further 12 to 14 new jobs over the coming year.
The judging panel – which was facilitated by Kevin Horne, chairman of the Cavendish Consortium –featured David Hitchcock of Barclays, Amanda Hurford from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Titus Sharpe, chief executive of MVF Global and winner of the Sunday Times Tech Track 2013.  They selected Proud to Care as the winner due to its impressive growth to date which was supported by a clear understanding of its industry and its customers.  The company also has in place robust plans for the future which are set to result in the creation of further much-needed jobs. 
Gary Hardman of Proud to Care said; “I am truly delighted to have our achievements recognised with such a prestigious accolade so soon after launching Proud to Care.  The help I received to get started and the on-going support on offer has made it possible to develop my idea into a thriving business operation and I am now looking forward to pushing ahead with plans for the future.”
Kevin Horne, chairman of the Cavendish Consortium added; “In what was a highly competitive category, Proud to Care best captured what we were looking for in terms of expansion and job creation to date alongside the potential to outstrip existing predictions for growth in the future.     We were impressed by the drive and determination shown by Gary; his wealth of experience in what is an extremely demanding sector alongside the clear commercial objectives for the business made Proud to Care stand out from all the other worthy finalists and we wish them all well as they strive forward.”
Tina Lowes, Barclays Regional Business Director for Yorkshire said: “SMEs are the life blood of the North East economy and it’s great to see Gary’s business flourishing and creating much needed jobs for the local economy. The provision of care to the most vulnerable in society is critical with the ageing population we have and Proud to Care are worthy winners of this prestigious award.”
The other local winners were Huddersfield based E3 Recruitment which triumphed as the Best B2B Start-Up for Yorkshire & Humber and The Sugarcube from Filey which was named as the region’s Best B2C Start-Up.
Ready for Business offers those looking to start a business the best preparation for success with concentrated support in the pre-start stages of their new business including intensive enterprise training via free Barclays Get Ready for Business Seminars, one-on-one help from a dedicated business advisor to explore and assess their business ideas and offer expert analysis into developing a business plan.  To find out more please visit

Bird’s Yard – a true treasure trove!

November 8, 2013

Bird’s Yard is a mixed retail unit housing a selection of ‘new’ traders, seeking to retail their products for the first time. Each trader will have the opportunity to showcase their product and hopefully create a situation where they can justify leasing their own premises and moving their business to the next level.

The business is operated by Michelle Walton who has a wealth of retail experience having run the first Bird’s Yard from premises in Leeds for over three years. Michelle has won a number of significant awards in terms of; brand, vintage, retail and design. She has also been recognised by Mary Portas as a result of which she won a financial reward to help develop the business in Leeds.

Michelle now brings that desire, commitment and enthusiasm to Sheffield and is confident that she can replicate her success in this new location.

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“Even though I have won many awards, I’m still on a continuous learning curve. Through having the support of a dedicated business advisor, I have managed to excel in areas where I have been lacking. Having a precise cash flow forecast and evolving business plan is imperative to the continued success of Birds Yard. The support has given me so much more confidence and enabled me to make these life changing decisions. Thank you SENTA” Michelle Walton, Director, Bird’s Yard.

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Bird’s Yard
35 – 37 Chapel Walk
South Yorkshire
S1 2PD


A Unique Football Inspired Boutique

November 8, 2013

From Sheffield UK, the birthplace of the modern game, goalsoul bring you striking apparel that is heavy on style, quality and originality.

Founded in the autumn of 2010, the goalsoul studio serves as the base for creating and delivering engaging, compelling clothing that pays a tribute to the most beautiful game of all.

Goalsoul craft visually stunning, thought-provoking interpretations of stories inspired by the game’s rich history and cultural tapestry : the memorable incidents; the iconic teams and characters, both noble and ignoble.

From creative concepts to customer care, the same degree of pride and satisfaction is taken to ultimately establish goalsoul as the brand of choice for today’s discerning and globally aware football connoisseur.


The quote on this tee shirt is attributed to Jim Beglin, Grobbelaar’s team mate at Liverpool FC

He called me something unrepeatable. I told him where to go and he hit me. I thought, I’ve got to hit him back and then you realise that Bruce was a jungle fighter….so it was probably best to leave it.”

Cristian Bustamante, one of the goalsoul directors, had this to say about the level of support they have received from SENTA; “ Huge thanks to all at Sheffield Enterprise Agency, for being supportive and acting as a sounding board for much of our business advice and guidance. They have really shown an understanding of the potential of our business idea, with a real affinity for what we were trying to achieve from the start. This has helped us shape a sustainable growth plan, which has seen us develop from a ‘hits-and-clicks’ company to a ‘clicks-and-mortar’ business within two years of our first meeting.”


Goal Soul Ltd
283 Sharrow Vale Road
Sheffield S11 8ZF

Telephone: 0114 266 3374