Last Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Handy Business

After seeking business advice at Kingsway Training, entrepreneur Paul Barratt has now set up his own business as a 'handyman' named as P B Services.

Paul sought advice from the training centre after applying for voluntary redundancy at Tata Steel.  He cannot speak highly enough of the Kingsway team and also from North Lincolnshire Council.

Paul attended an event set up by Kingsway Training in partnership for people facing redundancy and has since never looked back. He said: “I got the chance to be my own boss and I wasn’t old enough to get my pension.

“I started doing small courses at the College including IOSH, CSCS, Basic Plumbing, PASMA, SMSTS, Intermediate Plastering and forklift training.  I am interested in doing another course at the College now to increase my skills further. I have found a passion for learning.”

The Kingsway centre staff directed Paul to also get in touch with Mike Lister from North Lincolnshire Council who provided advice and support regarding setting up his business plan, access to grants, advice and support regarding a new business.

Paul started helping out family and friends with small jobs but now he has progressed to being a sole trader in the business world and has undertaken many jobs with his new business venture including gardening, decorating, joinery and plastering.

Paul said “It’s hard work having your own business but the help is there.  I would say to anyone in the same situation to go look at some courses and find out what you’re interested in.  If you don’t do anything, you can’t find anything! I would definitely recommend anyone to do this.”

Future plans for P B Services include the possibility of a partnership agreement to develop his business. 

Should you require any further information regarding skills funding, skills after redundancy or accessing business advice, contact Kingsway Training on 01724 294040.