Young entrepreneur Scott Senior has gone straight from university to setting up his own business with help from UK Steel Enterprise’s Kickstart Fund.
Scott, from Aston, in Rotherham, graduated from Sheffield Hallam with a degree in sports science earlier this year and set his sights on becoming a personal trainer.
After opportunities with the big fitness centres Scott decided to set up his own business and opened Simple Fitness at Treeton Youth Centre last month.
“I looked at the big chains and felt it was not for me,” says Scott.
“I prefer the freedom of working for myself and being able to apply my own techniques and philosophy on fitness. I see myself as a personal trainer first and foremost and want to work with people who appreciate the individual care and attention I can provide.
“People who want to lose weight or get really fit sometimes don’t want to be in a gym with lots of other people. I have my own space and equipment which means I can offer a dedicated personal service for clients.”
Scott was on Job Seekers Allowance for a short while before being directed to Rotherham Youth Enterprise who helped him apply to the Kickstart Fund.
He used a grant to pay his rent and buy equipment including an exercise bike, weights and a body mass indicator.
“The help I’ve had from UK Steel and Rotherham Youth Enterprise has made a significant difference to the way I will be perceived by customers,” says Scott.
Rotherham Youth Enterprise manager Jackie Frost said: “Scott has the qualifications and attitude to make a go of self-employment.”
UK Steel Enterprise is a wholly-owned subsidiary of steel giant Tata and was set up to help to create jobs and economic regeneration in areas hit by steel cutbacks.
Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to help start-up businesses to get trading, while its main investment fund provides business finance ranging from £25,000 to £750,000.