Housing development

Inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs

We can all agree that 2020 bought plenty of dark moments but we’ve been inspired by so many people that took the time out during furlough to evaluate their lives and how they use their knowledge to change how they live.

With demand for our enterprise support at an all-time high, we’re shining a light on the many people that took time out to look at how they could bring their dream alive – with our support.

From teachers to technical specialists, we’ve seen an incredible calibre of budding entrepreneurs wanting to use their skills and take the leap into business themselves.

One such case is Marc Stewart who wanted to find his feet (and ground again) after spending a number of years as a chartered commercial pilot. With his early years spent working in the property market and understanding the importance of service in his father’s estate agency business, Marc was starting to yearn to return to his roots and re-establish their brand in the property market. Building a business based on his knowledge of his beloved county and the residential market he grew up around was certainly his ambition.

With time on his hands due to aircraft being grounded during the first lockdown, Marc was able to see his local world again and use this time to help plan out an idea that could bring his love of finding forever homes for families again.

Working with NBSL, Marc has been able to merge his technical – and emotional knowledge – of the current housing landscape with business skills fit for today’s fast-moving digital property market through a tailored mix of enterprise support, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), including North East Enterprise (project 2), the New Enterprise Allowance scheme in Northumberland and Better Business Skills.

To be able to receive one to one support and meet likeminded people that are also taking their first steps in business has allowed Marc’s ambition to fly high. “Although I have a great deal of experience in running a business, times have changed and I want to ensure I have the necessary skills to ensure my business starts in the right way – using the right structure, systems and digital technology to enhance my service style” said Marc.

“I’m looking forward to implementing some of the systems but more importantly launching my business to support families across Ashington, Stakefold, Newbiggin and Blyth. Having spoken to so many of my previous business contacts in the area, I’m looking forward to meeting our next generation of buyers – some of which will have parents that experienced the service style that my father and I built our original business on.” added Marc.

Angela Tait, Enterprise Advisor for NBSL, is pleased to see so many people use this time to look at how their skillset could build a bright, independent future – in a different way. “With so many people finding themselves in unchartered territory due to the pandemic, we’re pleased to be able to provide support and training to those that wish to look at self-employment as an option. The calibre of people looking at self-employment is at an all-time high and we are proud to stand alongside our enterprise partners across the North East inspiring our next generation of entrepreneurs”.