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Business is booming for regional firms

Published: 7th January 2014

AN ENTREPRENEURIAL training programme is helping regional companies to hit new heights – with firms collecting several prestigious business accolades.

Two graduates of the MMU-run scheme have been picked as ones to watch in British commerce as their companies continue to expand.

The programme, Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Small Businesses, is run by the University’s Centre for Enterprise (CfE). The course aims to connect small business owners and social enterprise leaders with experts to unlock economic growth.

Entrepreneurs are nurtured through workshops, one-on-one mentoring, networking and given access to professional specialists.

Booming business

One graduate of the scheme, Manchester-based R-Com Consulting, offers IT solutions and training and was ranked 19th in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 due to a 130 per cent increase in sales over the last year.

Ayaz Rathore, sales director at R-Com, said the projected growth for 2014 is bigger, adding: “We hope to enter Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 even higher next year.”

Recent graduate Judy Wong, of Jacob Eco Energy Ltd, has been named as a Which? Trusted Trader. The endorsement gives the green energy company nationally recognised approval for the installation of solar panels.

She said: “We are extremely proud to be the first solar company in Manchester to receive the Which? Trusted Traders accolade.

Growth

“We are a local family-run business and have built up a good reputation for installation and customer service. The Which? status reinforces our company’s values of quality and trustworthiness to our customers.”

The CfE specialises in transferring knowledge and research to help companies grow, impacting upon regional economic growth, policy development and international academic advancement of knowledge.