Enterprise scheme helps Chris work

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When Christopher Hanson found himself out of work he decided to take his destiny into his own hands by launching his own business.

Six months on, his Doncaster-based business, Hanicks, is doing well, providing a range of bespoke building conversions for elderly and disabled people and others with special requirements.

Christopher, 28, had always worked in the mechanical building services industry and joined the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme when he decided to create his own job.

The scheme provided a weekly allowance, worth £1,274 over 26 weeks, business start-up advice and a business mentor who helped Christopher develop his business plan.

“The NEA was great,” said Christopher.

“The weekly financial support helped with the cost of living while the business was in the early stages of growth.”

Since it was launched, Hanicks has carried out a number of contracts to improve accessibility and living conditions, including installing a shower room, modifications to improve access and extensions to create downstairs specialist bedrooms or bathrooms.

Other contracts have involved converting a garage to a third bedroom with en-suite facilities and a gym area.