A chiropractic clinic in Rotherham has taken off after receiving financial help from UK Steel Enterprise’s Kickstart Fund.
Thomas Lawrence, aged 23, from Wickersley, launched his Goose Lane Chiropractic Clinic in February, less than eight months after qualifying as a chiropractor.
“I’d been thinking about setting up on my own for some time and when I realised there was an unserviced market in the area I just went for it,” said Thomas.
“The grant I got from UK Steel was really helpful, as I used it to pay for advertising and without that I would not have attracted my 70 new clients.
“It’s really exciting to see the practice taking off and at some point in the near future I will be looking to take someone on to help me as I am fully booked most weeks now.”
Thomas received £500 from the Kickstart Fund, which is designed to pay for essential equipment or services that applicants need to start trading.
UK Steel Enterprise regional manager Keith Williams says Thomas is a prime example of why The Kickstart Fund exists.
“UK Steel Enterprise is all about supporting new and existing businesses so they can grow and create more employment opportunities,” said Mr Williams.
“Thomas has a clear vision of where he wants to go, and we are pleased to see him enjoying so much early success. Knowing that he is thinking about creating new jobs so soon is fantastic.”
Applicants to the Kickstart Fund also get help with business planning and mentoring through the early stages from Rotherham Investment & Development Office and Rotherham Youth Enterprise.
Jackie Frost, chief executive of Rotherham Youth Enterprise, paid tribute to Thomas Lawrence and his business.
“Thomas has made a promising start to his new business and we are pleased to have helped him in securing a grant to give it a real Kickstart,” said Mr Frost.
“We hope that he will take advantage of the continued support offered by RYE to take his business to the next level.”
Thomas Lawrence’s clinic is currently open two days a week and he spends the rest of the week working at an associate practice in Scunthorpe.
UK Steel Enterprise was established in 1975 by the then British Steel Corporation and is now a subsidiary of Tata Steel.
The organisation’s main investment fund provides business finance in amounts from £25,000 up to £750,000 to companies in South Yorkshire and other areas affected by changes in the steel industry.
Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to start-up businesses to purchase essential equipment and or services that can get them trading.
Anyone wanting to make an application to the Kickstart Fund should call Rotherham Youth Enterprise on 0114 2695053.