Passion for print enables a start-up to triple its growth in just six months

A print-loving young mum hopes that when it comes to running a small business, she literally got the t-shirt, when she decided to quit her family business to pursue the dream of running her own business.

Rebecca Newrick’s entrepreneurial ambitions were fueled when she spotted an ad on an online marketplace for a type of specialized heat press, used to create t-shirt designs. Her bid proved successful and she began selling her designs to friends and family.

Having successfully mastered the equipment, she began to advertise her screen printing services online, and soon found her services in demand with school leavers, bachelor and bachelorette parties and the events. Convinced that she would find a winning business formula, Rebecca turned to Launchpad, a unique business support program, to help her turn her lucrative sideline into a full-time business.

Working with experienced business advisor Julia Millea, Rebecca drafted an in-depth business plan and participated in a wide range of resources, including training workshops to help locate clients, secure suitable premises and develop professional social media platforms, while benefiting from individual mentoring sessions. .

Having been forced to suspend her activity during the Covid-19 pandemic, Rebecca took the opportunity to reassess her business plans and decided to expand into the workwear market, as well as supply clothing for schools. The decision turned out to be the right one. Since relaunching her business, the business has expanded three times into larger premises, and the Rotherham-based entrepreneur has also successfully recruited three staff members through the Kickstart scheme.

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Rebecca Newrick, owner of Stick on it Printing in Swinton, said: “My business started almost by accident. I worked in the family business, balancing my career with caring for my family. I wanted to create a better work-life balance for myself, and when I saw the machine being advertised, I decided to take a gamble and start my own business.

“Having worked in the family business for several years, I knew it would take more than an idea to make the business a success, but I loved the idea of ​​being able to work at times that suited me, to spend more time with family. To my surprise, orders quickly started pouring in and I moved the business from my front room to new premises. Then lockdown hit and I was forced to close the business.

“I took the time to review my business plans and decided to join the Launchpad program. Working with Julia helped me clarify my ideas, and when the restrictions were lifted, I was confident to ‘ve grown a stronger business, which didn’t just rely on events, but was likely to be in demand all year round.Since reopening, I’ve gone over three different business premises, and thanks to the he help I received from Launchpad, I was able to successfully create three new jobs in the company, allowing many young people to build a career.

“At the start of the lockdown, I started wondering if being an entrepreneur was right for me, but the help and support I received from the Launchpad team gave me the confidence to believe in my ideas. Participate at the workshops helped me think about how I wanted to build and grow the business, and by putting those lessons into practice, the business grew beyond my wildest dreams.

Julia Millea, Business Advisor at Launchpad, said, “Starting a new business can be an incredibly exciting time; however, shortly after launching her business, Rebecca’s plans were put in jeopardy when Covid-19 hit and the business was brought to a standstill. Like any successful entrepreneur, Rebecca realized that when the hospitality industry shut down, her business would be seriously affected. Like any true entrepreneur, she has turned adversity into opportunity and experienced incredible growth over the past six months.

“Achieving a better work-life balance is a common reason people consider quitting the rush and see freelancing as a career choice; however, without the right plans in place, some often find themselves working longer and harder than before.Working with Launchpad not only helped Rebecca refine her business ideas, but by applying the lessons she learned in the workshops and training sessions, Rebecca not only needed to expand its business premises three times to meet growing demand for inventory, but it also helps create new jobs in the local economy, which is a tremendous achievement for any start-up business.

Launchpad is a business support program for new businesses. Supported financially by the European Regional Development Fund and implemented by local authorities in South Yorkshire and the Prince’s Trust, the scheme offers free help and support to budding entrepreneurs considering setting up their own business or looking for work. help to develop their business.

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