Doing Good Business

Doing Good Business – Woofley Jubbley!

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Amanda had a long-term ambition to set up her own business as a dog groomer but was finding it difficult to get started. She was in receipt of benefits and a significant barrier she faced was access to start-up finance for equipment and clothing. Amanda had enrolled in a City and Guilds Level 2 in Dog Grooming and successfully completed the training in April 2019. She now intends to enrol on the Level 3 course in Dog Grooming and would also like to study pet behaviour and psychology.

Amanda’s Doing Good Business coach worked with her to set some achievable goals that would helpe her to develop her business.  The support included business planning that;

  • considered the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats connected to the potential business and an action plan was devised to overcome the threats and weaknesses
  • included a marketing plan that considered branding, web presence, networking and options for advertising and securing local customers
  • helped the client to choose a business and domain name: wjlocaldoggrooming.co.uk
  • provided one-to-one guidance regarding search engine optimisation for the business to rank higher in search engines such as Google
  • involved financial planning in the form of a cash flow forecast.

A huge barrier to progression was that Amanda did not have all the finance she needed to start her business. The Building Better Opportunities ‘Barrier Busting’ fund came in very useful and paid for the branded work wear that was needed. Amanda’s coach also found some local start-up funding to pay for essential equipment to get Amanda started in business.

Amanda notified her work coach at the Job Centre who then discussed the new Enterprise Allowance with her. Amanda can now develop her business whilst receiving benefit payments.

Working with Building Better Opportunities opened doors to start-up finance, courses and marketing for Amanda.

The support enabled Amanda to launch her business and she is now registered as self employed and has been working as a dog groomer for the past 6 weeks.

Amanda said: ‘I have tried for many years to find help to start my dog grooming business and found many barriers. Finding Doing Good Business has been amazing and, with their help, my business is now on the road to success. A big thank you from me!’

Amanda’s Doing Good Business Coach said: ‘I think Amanda’s success is due to her commitment to the process. She knew what she wanted and was willing to work with me as her coach to set realistic goals and work on agreed actions to move things forward.’

Amanda offers a dog grooming service from her base in Doncaster. You can visit her website here: Woofley Jubbley Dog Grooming.

How I built my business with Doing Good Business

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Janet, 42, felt that she lacked focus and direction and didn’t know which way to turn when her job ended. She was attracted to self employment because of the creativity and freedoms that it offered and after some consideration had thought about become a nail technician.

‘I didn’t have the finance to pay for the training I needed and felt that things had come to a bit of a standstill. So I decided to get in touch with Doncaster Chamber for support with training. It was Doncaster Chamber that thankfully referred me to Doing Good Business for further support.’ She says.

‘My Doing Good Business mentor was fantastic, she helped me to identify a training provider and apply for funds as well as practical help with setting up and running the business that helped me get my business off the ground.’ She says.

‘It wasn’t just the practical support that helped through, it was the encouragement and emotional support. Just having someone that believed that I could succeed made all the difference.’

Commenting on how her interaction with Doing Good Business helped Janet says, ‘I feel fulfilled and excited because I’ve started to realise that I can achieve what I want to achieve and this support has helped me get there.’

‘Knowing that I am going to meet my coach helps me to stick to deadlines and she has been a really useful sounding board.’


If you are aged 25+, not currently working and living in one of the above districts, the Doing Good Business programme can help you.
Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund it provides free one-to-one advice, practical support to manage your personal circumstances, help to develop your skills, personal strengths and expert advice and guidance on key topics.

Building a business with Doing Good Business

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After five years of being unable to work due to ill health, Stuart Jones’ health had improved to the point where he wanted to start working again. Stuart still suffered physical limitations which meant that he would struggle to fit in with a 9-to-5 work pattern, but he had developed good woodworking skills and wondered whether it would be possible to turn that into a small business which would give him the flexibility that he needed.

Stuart was referred to Doing Good Business by his Job Centre. He was unsure what help he actually needed at the time but, along with his coach Paul Davies, he soon drew up a development plan. He had experimented at home by making a few pieces of furniture out of recycled pallets and knew that he would need to find proper premises to work out of. Knowing that he would need eventually to sign off of Employment Support Allowance, Stuart looked at the possibility of using the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) to manage that transition.

Paul and Stuart met regularly and worked on producing a business plan and cashflow forecast, developing his sales and marketing skills, and understanding the legal stuff around running a business. Stuart found that this was more straightforward than he had imagined and his plan soon took shape.

He attended a social media workshop organised by Doing Good Business and got his application in for NEA. Paul also found premises that would be suitable for the business and, before he knew it, Stuart’s new venture was established in a business unit in Clay Cross.

He is now making and selling items of furniture, as well as small gift items on his website. He has also taken on some contract work fitting out a shop for a friend of a friend.

The process of meeting regularly, setting goals and reviewing progress and dealing with specific training needs enabled Stuart to keep focussed on what he wanted to achieve, and helped to build his confidence.

Stuart said: “Thank you for all the support [Doing Good Business] have given me over these last few months in helping me sort out a business plan. Paul has gone out of his way to come and see me at home as I had no transport at the time. Also the help he gave me in securing premises for my furniture making business was invaluable. The social media course was so informative and very professional – they are a great team.”

“I honestly do not know what I would have done if I hadn’t contacted the Doing Good Business programme. A massive thank you for your past and ongoing support.”

You can find Stuart’s business at www.rusticfurnitureuk.co.uk or via his Facebook page.


If you are aged 25+, not currently working and living in one of the above districts, the Doing Good Business programme can help you.
Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund it provides free one-to-one advice, practical support to manage your personal circumstances, help to develop your skills, personal strengths and expert advice and guidance on key topics.

Doing Good Business – South Yorkshire

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Joanne’s Story

Joanne came to Coalfields Regeneration Trust coach club at Adversely, St Helen’s Church where she registered for the Doing Good Business support service. Joanne has a lot of experience working in the catering and hospitality sector however a lack of basic IT and application and search skills presented a barrier to her finding work. A lack of these skills made it almost impossible to put into action what Job Centre Plus wanted Joanne to do to find work.

‘It was so frustrating’ says Joanne. ‘I have loads of experience in catering and know exactly what I am doing but it was like I needed to jump through an impossible hoop to get my foot in the door for an interview.’ She continues.

Through Doing Good Business, Joanne got one-to-one support for her job hunt and support for the first month in work. She was able to access a coach club where she could gain these skills herself for example, understanding what a covering letter was and how to search for vacancies and apply direct online.

With this support, Joanne secured two interviews with employers and was given guidance with interview research and techniques, including how to pre-empt questions and to conduct an interview situation. Joanne was successful in securing a café position with Barnsley College and started work on 3/10/2017.

‘Without the support provided by Doing Good Business coach clubs none of this would have been possible.  This is a very valuable service and I recommend Doing Good Business to anyone in need of support with getting into the working world again. Without these sessions and one to one advice I wouldn’t be working now or have progressed with my Job search in the way I have today”. Joanne says.

‘I am so grateful and thankful.’ She continues.


Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

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Charlotte’s Story

After Charlotte had her two boys, as all new parents are she was run off her feet without a minute to spare in the day but at the back of her mind she wanted to stage a return to paid employment.

Like all new parents, the challenge of balancing earning an income and caring for her children meant Charlotte needed a role which would fit around her care responsibilities. ‘I’d always had an interest in beauty treatments and having done work successfully on the nails of friends and family, I decided it might be a good idea to set up my own business doing that.’ She says.

‘I was really nervous about losing the stability of my benefits though but really wanted to earn my own living.’ She continues.

Charlotte was introduced to Paul Davies from the Doing Good Business programme by the Jobcentre who worked with her on producing a viable business plan which was also used to apply for the New Enterprise Allowance which helped bridge the gap whilst she was setting up in business. Doing Good Business also paid for Charlotte to go on a High Definition Brows course to expand her range of services and she completed a Social Media workshop which has helped enormously with the promotion of her business.

Lottie’s Designer Nails is up and running in Chesterfield, redesigning customers’ nails and producing beautiful brows and lashes. ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Doing Good Business. Paul was immensely helpful in preparing me for what I needed to do in order to apply for the New Enterprise Allowance scheme, which I genuinely wouldn’t have been able to do on my own. He is very encouraging, supportive and informative with nothing being too much trouble.’ She says.

You can find Lottie’s Designer Nails at www.lottiesdesignernails.co.uk and on her Facebook page @lottiedesignernails 


Stuart’s Story

Stuart had not worked for over five years due to illness. Hampered by physical limitations which meant that he would struggle to fit in with a 9-to-5 work pattern but very much focussed on a return to work, Stuart felt unsure about where to turn next.

‘I had developed good woodworking skills and wondered whether it would be possible to turn my skills into a small business as this would give me the flexibility I needed.’ Stuart says.

Stuart was referred to Doing Good Business by the Jobcentre. With his coach Paul Davies, he soon drew up a development plan. Paul and Stuart met regularly at Stuart’s home as he had no transport at the time, and worked on producing a business plan and cash flow forecast developing his sales and marketing skills, and understanding the legal issues around running a business.

‘It was so much more straightforward than I had imagined,’ says Stuart. ‘The support from Paul in helping me secure premises as well as understand and set up some of the business processes has been invaluable. I’m now making and selling items of furniture, as well as small gift items. I’ve even taken on some contract work fitting out a shop for a friend of a friend.’

The process of meeting regularly, setting goals and reviewing progress and dealing with specific training needs enabled Stuart to keep focussed on what he wanted to achieve, and helped to build his confidence. ‘I honestly do not know what I would have done If I hadn’t contacted the Doing Good Business programme. A massive thank you for your past and on-going support.’ He says.

You can find Stuart’s business at www.rusticfurnitureuk.co.uk or via his Facebook page, @SJ-Upcycling.


Yvonne’s Story

After a need to relocate to Chesterfield left Yvonne Genas frustrated with an unsuccessful job hunt, she turned to her great passion, Jamaican food. ‘I’ve always loved Jamaican food and am passionate about cooking.’ Says Yvonne. ‘I dreamed about opening a restaurant or take –away but knew this may be too much as a first step.’ She continues.

Yvonne decided to set up a Jamaican food delivery service based from her home and approached Paul Davies of the Doing Good Business programme for help as she knew that there was a lot that she needed to learn about running a business, but wasn’t sure what.

Over the next few months Yvonne produced menus, a cashflow forecast, spoke to the council and had her kitchen inspected and began looking at how to market the business. Paul introduced her to a local community hub where she ran a pop-up restaurant, and Yvonne began running a stall at a local food market. She also attended a social media workshop organised by the programme which helped with her promotion.

The business is now up and running with a growing, loyal customer base. Yvonne takes and cooks the orders and her partner Tony delivers them. She has also run two restaurant events at a local pub, both of which were sold out.

‘When I first decided to start up my business, I had no idea about all it would entail. When I started meeting with Paul I didn’t feel that confident about the things I needed to think about, certain things that needed to be done.’ She says.

‘I don’t know what I would have done without his advice, and continued support.’

You can find Yvonne’s Paradise Kitchen on her Facebook page:
 @Yvonnes-Paradise-Kitchen


Joe’s Story

Joe had always dreamed of being able to develop a new food business that offered fast take away food with healthy options at affordable prices delivered with a smile! So he set up Gothic Bites.

After securing a regular pitch on Shirebrook Market Square, I tapped into my local network to gain invites to other sites and special events including dog shows, charity days, bike rallies and fishing competitions.’ Says Joe. ‘Although I had my van and business underway I realised it was time to get some help on the business side of things.’

That’s when Joe decided to look for help from Doing Good Business programme. The Doing Good Business programme has helped Joe by giving his the knowledge and skills to promote the business as well as a listening and friendly ear to talk through what needs to be done. ‘Getting help from Doing Good Business really helped me with the running of the business and made sure I was doing my books right.’ He says. ‘Knowing I had this side of things in order, made it so much easier for me to get on with getting my business going and delivering excellent customer service.’ He continues.

Having this support and being able to focus on delivering his product to his customers has meant Joe has already gained a 5-star hygiene certificate from Bolsover District Council.

‘I’d recommend Doing Good Business to anyone who has a business idea but isn’t sure about whether it’s viable or isn’t sure about how to take it forward and needs some advice.’ He says.


Lee’s Story

Lee had been made redundant and decided that he wanted to turn his hobby as a drone pilot into a business. Lee already had his equipment, was licensed and insured, and was also approved by the Civil Aviation Authority with the Permission for Commercial Operations (PFCO) permit to fly commercially both indoors and outdoors in the UK.

Lee’s license and insurance was certainly a head start, but he needed assistance to fully set up his business. Lee received help from Doing Good Business to deal with his biggest worry, making sure his taxes were correct. ‘When you’re in work that all gets done for you. You need to get this right, there are no grey areas,’ he says.

Lee says ‘Starting up a business can be a roller coaster of emotions; great when things are flying but worrying when business slows down.’

Doing Good Business were able to provide one-to-one support to Lee to make sure that his business stayed on track. One of Lee’s tips when starting out is to make sure you have a bit of money behind you. Unless you are very lucky a business is slow to start and you have to spend at least a bit of money when you begin for things like business cards.

Lee’s drone business is going from strength to strength and you can see some of the great drone photographs and videos on his website.

Viewing the world from a different angle has lots of uses, including promotional, event and wedding videos and photographs. Drones can also save businesses a lot of money on technical work such as inspecting buildings, roofing and guttering – it’s far cheaper then sending someone up in a cherry picker and you have a permanent record of the inspection you can share. Lee has done a lot of work for estate agents, developers and recently carried out an inspection of a derelict church in Hull!


Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

FREE Business Start Up Day

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Not currently working? Thinking about working for yourself? JOIN US FOR OUR FREE BUSINESS START UP DAY!

You can:

  • Listen to inspirational and entertaining speaker Tony Robinson OBE explain what it is really like running your own business
  • Meet people who’ve been there, done it and are happy to give you tips
  • Talk to professionals about finances, sales, marketing, social media and anything else you need to know
  • Have a free lunch provided by a choice of three successful new catering businesses and also free childcare at the venue

You’ll also be able to find out more about the Doing Good Business programme, giving you help and support when and where you want it.

This is a free event, you just need to register your place on Eventbrite. 


Doing Good Business is a programme for people looking to start their own business across Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales. We provide one-to-one coaching support for adults seeking employment. This support is offered at their own pace, to fit in with their lives. We can help to make business ideas a success and support clients to remove any barriers. We will:

  • Help clients to explore the potential of becoming self employed
  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Support to manage personal circumstances
  • Enable clients to develop their skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet their needs.

Doing Good Business Evaluation – We Need You! (DEADLINE 17 Jan 2018)

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Doing Good Business 

Doing Good Business (DGB) is Building Better Opportunities programme funded through Big Lottery and European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. It is an enterprise and employment support project covering the Sheffield City Region for unemployed and economically inactive people aimed at moving them into, or closer to, the labour market.

The programme is delivered by a number of community partners providing a personalised coaching service for people aged 25 and over, and unemployed or economically inactive. Each client has a dedicated coach who will guide that client through their individual and personal journey. Clients can be supported by a Barrier Busting Budget to enable them to access work and support.   Client journeys should lead to one of the following outcomes:

  • Into work
  • Into self-employment including sole trader or business start up
  • Into set up of social enterprise or CIC.
  • Jobseekers and economically inactive into Education
  • Economically inactive into job search

Coaching is delivered in local community organisations/ libraries / Prospects Offices/ Sheffield Futures offices or client homes etc.

Support includes one to one coaching by a dedicated coach and may include referral to other organisations for appropriate support, independent guidance, training or learning, work placement, volunteering, attending talks / events, enterprise activities, etc.

In addition a regional network of eight additional Community Engagement Partners provide referrals to the project for their clients.

The project launched in October 2016 and will run until October 2018.

Our overall objectives for the project are:

  1. To provide the best possible service for our clients
  2. To meet our targets as set out by funders
  3. To support the development of string partnerships.

We monitor objective 2 in house but are now looking for an organisation or individual who can deliver an independent external qualitative evaluation of performance against objectives 1 and 3 at two stages –

  • one in January in order to identify where we are performing well and where we are underperforming and need to improve.
  • a second in September 2018 to identify lessons learned to inform the design and delivery of future programmes.

We anticipate the evaluation will comprise:

  • Interviews with project lead, delivery partners, Community Engagement Partners
  • Survey with clients
  • Interviews with a sample of clients
  • Reporting
  • A presentation of findings

We do not expect tender costings to exceed £6,000 in total for both stages.

If you wish to tender for this work please complete the below Tender Document and return to funding@sheffieldfutures.org.uk by 17 January 2018. If you have any queries regarding this tender opportunity please contact Viky Mercer on funding@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Doing Good Business Evaluation Tender Document

We are looking for partners!

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Doing Good Business (DGB) is Building Better Opportunities programme funded through Big Lottery and European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.  It is an enterprise and employment support project covering the Sheffield City Region for unemployed and economically inactive people aimed at moving them into, or closer to, the labour market. The project launched in October 2016 and will run until October 2018.

The programme has to date been delivered by two partners, however, due to demand we are now seeking to procure additional delivery from suitably qualified organisations in the South Yorkshire area. 

We are looking for organisations who can deliver a personalised coaching service for up to 20 to people aged 25 and over, who have a right to work in the UK and are economically inactive leading to employment or education outcomes. We apply the following definition to economically inactive – not in work, not in receipt of Jobseeker Allowance or Jobseeker related Universal Credit. Clients may be in receipt of ESA or ESA related Universal Credit, pension, be in education or have no income and be dependent on partner / family. Each client should have a dedicated coach who will guide that client through their individual and personal journey. Clients can be supported by a Barrier Busting Budget to enable them to access work and support. Client journeys should lead to one of the following outcomes:

  • Into work
  • Into self-employment including sole trader or business start up
  • Into set up of social enterprise or CIC. 
  • Jobseekers and economically inactive into Education
  • Economically inactive into job search

 

UPDATE: The deadline for this opportunity has now passed.

Doing Good Business news!

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Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

 

 

Doing Good Business

Doing Good Business is a new programme for people looking for work across Sheffield City Region. We provide one-to-one coaching support for adults seeking employment. This support is offered at their own pace, to fit in with their lives. We will:

  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Help clients to explore the potential of becoming self employed
  • Support to manage personal circumstances
  • Enable clients to develop their skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet their needs.

Know someone who would benefit? Get in touch today!

Kevin Osborne (Barnsley, Sheffield): 07940 274 422 or email: Kevin.Osborne@groundwork.org.uk

Paul Davies (Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales): 07973 522 772 or email: paul@clowne-enterprise.org.uk

Nigel Hudson (Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales): 07989 251 333 or email: nigel@clowne-enterprise.org.uk


6f35735c-b4ee-48c8-9049-cbe6f2b6cfc2Doing Good Business helps clients who are furthest from the job market with all of the barriers they face whilst finding employment. We help with training, organising Birth Certificates, writing CVs, providing support, sorting work clothing and finding permanent employment.

Peter had been out of work on and off for a number of years. He wanted to embark on a career in construction but needed help with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training. Doing Good Business helped by organising the CSCS training he needed, updating his CV, purchasing a much-needed Birth Certificate and helping him to secure a full time job.

We also provided Peter with vital new work clothing. We organised in-work support and helped Peter to get permanent accommodation!


460434a5-ad07-49ee-9288-2a5f0e8aa3daWe are very pleased to tell you Paul’s story. Paul has Asperger’s Syndrome and has always wanted to set an example and help others with similar conditions. He is also keen to support his local community.

After being out of work for 18 months he decided that he would like to start his own business producing a community newspaper, reporting on the work of local community groups and people, and promoting local businesses.

He approached Paul Davies, an Enterprise Coach for the Doing Good Business programme to get help in providing structure to his plans and to help develop the skills that he would need to grow his business.

Paul is now close to producing his first edition which will be delivered to 15,000 homes and businesses in Chesterfield.

“I just have a couple more advertisers to sign up and we’ll be ready to go” says Paul. “The help I have had from the Doing Good Business programme has been great. Paul has helped me to plan the business finances, write scripts for sales meetings and to develop my presentation skills. He has also taught me some techniques to manage the stress that I sometime experience. We’ve met regularly to plan each next step and that has really helped me to get things going.”

Paul says that his confidence has grown as a result of the support from the programme, and is looking forward to seeing his newspaper help local people.


Events

Doing Good Business runs events to help adults find employment. If you know anyone who is interested and would like to find out more, please contact the Community Engagement Coaches on the email addresses above!

Introduction to Enterprise – find out more about running your own business.
Formula4Success – find out more about what free support and training is available for adults seeking employment. (This event is a collaborating with Groundwork South Yorkshire, Phoenix, Wiseability and Doncaster West Development Trust).
Introduction to Doing Good Business – this event will be open for potential clients to find out about the support on offer and meet the team!


e8491048-7692-4c82-baac-2cd5c03d95f0 (1)We accompanied Zoe to the Sheffield College Open Day one evening and gave her coaching on the type of questions to ask and that she would be asked. She was nervous as she felt she was too old to go back into education. We are very proud to tell you that Zoe has signed up to a full-time course in Media Make-Up which is due to start in September. (Please see the lovely selfie with Community Engagement Coach, Kevin Osborne, below!)

In addition to this Zoe has attended our Introduction to Enterprise event as she is keen to set up her own business once she has passed her college qualification.


742df725-1700-4ce5-a8da-990a30f75280Pete’s Story

Pete was given support to update his CV and search for jobs online. We also supported Pete to do a mass CV-drop on a local trading estate. After we finished the CV-drop, Pete received a call from one of the companies inviting him to an interview! We are currently awaiting the outcome of his interview – expect an update soon!

Pete said: “Just want to say a big thank you, I didn’t expect a phone call for an interview so quickly!”

 


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With a little help from Doing Good Business, James has just started work at Webhelp, after six years of unemployment.

Doing Good Business arranged to accompany him to The Suit Works for free interview suit and gave advice and guidance on interview techniques, a travel plan and fare to interview.

James’ coach, Kevin Osborne did a ‘better off’ calculation, to show him that he would be much better off in work, and helped James to make a claim to Working Tax Credits.

Community Engagement Coach, Kevin Osborne said: “James lacked confidence and wanted to work on his interview skills, I think he just needed someone to believe in him. We are so pleased that he has been successful at gaining employment and we hope his story inspires more people to contact us and see how we can help them!”


Did you know?

Clowne Enterprise is in the process of putting together additional learning opportunities for participants on the Doing Good Business Programme:

  • An online learning platform will provide downloadable modules covering all aspects of starting your own business, from selecting a business idea through to selling and marketing, and managing the business finances. It will also include video tutorials on setting up your own website and making the most of social media.
  • A personal development programme is being developed, in conjunction with Worksop-based social enterprise Lasting Differences.
  • A one-day workshop helping participants to improve their use of social media as a way of promoting their planned businesses will be announced soon.

If you want to be notified when any of these opportunities are available leave your details with Paul Davies at Clowne Enterprise: paul@clown-enterprise.org.uk or call: 07973 522772

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