Aspiring young entrepreneur Helene Mott is seeing her business take off after receiving financial help from UK Steel Enterprise’s Kickstart Fund.
Helene, 28, started trading as a tattoo artist in March and has been so successful in attracting new customers that she expects to open her studio in Dinnington full time in the near future.
“Without the Kickstart funding I would still be using the equipment I had while doing my training, which was not really good enough for a professional set-up,” says Helene.
“Having the right equipment has put me on a professional footing. I want to offer clients unique tattoos whenever possible, something individual and special to them and not necessarily straight from flash sheets or copycat internet images; so having the finest needles and tattoo machines really helps.”
Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise helps businesses and encourages job creation in areas that have been hit by steel cutbacks and closures in previous years.
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.
Regional manager Keith Williams said: “Helene has a real passion for her work, which is essential in business.
“It’s great to see young people like Helene setting up new businesses and we are keen to support others. We have just announced that further funding is available to help even more people like Helene and look forward to watching her business grow in the coming years.”
Applicants to the Kickstart Fund also get help from Rotherham Investment and Development Office and Rotherham Youth Enterprise.