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Case Studies

 

Go For It Case Study – Natural Skincare success for So27 skincare

A Co Londonderry woman has fulfilled her life’s ambition and turned a hobby into a business venture thanks to the Go For It Programme, in association with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

This project is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

Deborah Lamberton from Derry explains that she always had an interest in skincare and beauty, but it wasn’t until she was traveling in Italy five years go that the idea for the business, So27skincare was formed.

“I have always believed in looking after my skin,” Deborah explains. “I had problem skin so was always on the look-out for the best products to try.

“Five years ago, I was in Italy with work and the hotel had soap and shampoo which was made out of olive oil. After a week I noticed a big difference in my skin and hair – they were in much better condition.”

Deborah decided to start researching natural products and developing her own range. This culminated last year when she went through the Cosmetics Assessment Process for her range.

She then enlisted the support of the Go For It Programme through Enterprise North West who act on behalf of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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“I had a real passion for skincare and for the business but the Go For it Programme helped me turn it into a reality. They helped me with all the financial planning which I needed to do to begin manufacturing and retailing my range. All the ingredients I use in everything I make are 100 percent natural.:Such has been the success of So27skincare, Deborah won a £10K Challenge Award with Derry City and Strabane District Council based on her five-year business plan.

“I have the Go For It programme to thank for getting me started and helping me win the award,” she explains.

“I would urge anyone who has ever had the idea of starting up their own business, or even if you have just started operating your own business to apply for a place on the Go For It Programme. The skills and knowledge imparted is beyond the realms of what you could achieve on your own.”

The Go For It programme is delivered free of charge by a team of experienced business mentors through Northern Ireland’s wide network of enterprise agencies. It provides expert advice and help with developing a robust business plan to help turn ideas into a commercial enterprise.

Claire Costello, Business Advisor with Enterprise North West on behalf of Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “Deborah joined the Go For It Programme with a clear vision to bring her very own range of natural products to the market and was determined from the outset to make it happen.”

 

“We worked with Deborah to develop her business plan that allowed to her focus on her marketing of the product range, as well as the financial forecasting for the first two years of the business.

“Deborah’s business plan also provided her with the opportunity to participate in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s 10k Challenge and picked up the top prize of £2,500 that she used to further expand her range of products.

“It’s amazing to see So27skincare experiencing tremendous online sales across the United Kingdom and already stocked in retail outlets in Derry City Centre. So27skincare is a local success story and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength in the future.”

“I would encourage anyone thinking about starting a business to sign up now as there’s the added incentive of the 10k Challenge, which only happens once a year.”

If you have a business idea you’d like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business contact the Go For It Programme on 0800 027 0639 or visit: www.goforitni.com.

For more information on Derry City and Strabane District Council’s 10k Challenge and how to enter visit: http://www.derrystrabane.com/10Kchallenge

 

 

GO FOR IT CASE STUDY – Home is where the heart is for Houston Homeware

A Strabane business man has turned a hobby and passion for homeware into a new business venture thanks to the Go For It Programme, in association with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The Go For It Programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) programme.

John Houston, who studied design at university and has a background in retail management, launched Houston Homeware after he spotted a gap in the market for a quality gift and homeware shop in Strabane.

“I saw a gap in the market in the Strabane area for a high-end gift and homeware shop. So, I started doing my research and then I contacted the Go For It Programme.

“They offered me all the advice and support to get the new venture off the ground. The course was very practical and structured and really helped me get a clear focus of where I wanted the business to go.

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“They helped me put everything together into one business plan. They looked at things like financial costings and costing forecasts.

“They were a huge support to me and I would definitely encourage others with a business idea to talk to the Go For It Programme. It is free independent advice and it really helps put things in perspective and helps you see the bigger picture. They are with you every step of the way.”

John’s store in the heart of Strabane boosts a wide array of high-end homeware and gifts candles, crystal, photo frames and large pieces of unique furniture which can be product sourced.

The Go For It programme is delivered free of charge by a team of experienced business mentors through Northern Ireland’s wide network of enterprise agencies. It provides expert advice and help with developing a robust business plan to help turn ideas into a commercial enterprise.

Orla McNulty, business advisor with Strabane Enterprise for Derry and Strabane District Council, said; “Working alongside John on his vision for the business was a real delight. He knew exactly what he wanted and had put a lot of hard work into scoping out his business idea before coming to us.

“We worked with him to develop and fine-tune his business plan, making a number of small recommendations that would help with the short-term and long-term sustainability of the business. We are delighted to see Houston Homeware thriving in the heart of Strabane’s town centre and drop in regularly on my lunch break to pick-up something for my house.”     

If you have a business idea you’d like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business contact the Go For It Programme on 0800 027 0639 or visit: www.goforitni.com.