Sports specialist Lindsay Whitaker is celebrating being appointed sports rehabilitator for Rotherham Titans Rugby Club, four months after launching her business with backing from UK Steel Enterprise’s Kickstart Fund.
Lindsay, aged 31, who comes from Rotherham, was the sports rehabilitator at Plymouth Albion Rugby Club before the club hit ﬁnancial troubles and made her redundant.
Returning to Rotherham, she used the funding from UK Steel Enterprise to open a clinic at Thomas Rotherham College and to buy essential stock.
The Tata Steel subsidiary’s Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to help young entrepreneurs planning to start a new business, purchase essential equipment and access services that can get them trading.
Lindsay says the funding she received from the Kickstart Fund was really important in the early stages of her business.
“Without the Kickstart Fund I would not have been able to buy the essential stock I needed to be able to treat people,” she says.
“I’m now very busy treating people at my clinic and the forthcoming season with the Titans should be really exciting. If anyone is thinking of setting up their own business I’d say be prepared to get your head down and work hard, make sure you get the right support around you and if you do the rewards can be great.”
UK Steel Enterprise’s regional manager, Keith Williams, said: “Our Kickstart Fund can make all the difference when it comes to a business idea becoming reality; and it proves that it does not take big sums of money to make dreams come true.
“Lindsay identified her target market and has worked hard to be recognised as an expert in her field. We have high hopes for her and wish her even more success in the future.
“We are looking for more young people like Lindsay. We know that they don’t tend to have access to finance or have much in the way of savings when thinking about starting a business, so our £500 can make all the difference.”
For more details about the Kickstart Fund, contact Rotherham Youth Enterprise, tel: 0114 269 5053.
More details about Lindsay’s company, Sports Injury Rehabilitation, can be found at www.sports-injury-rehab.co.uk.