Professional photographer Adrian Lilley turned a negative employment situation into a positive outlook by setting up his own business.
Having been made redundant twice in 20 years, Adrian, of Hunstanton, opted to attend free workshops provided by The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) designed to help would-be entrepreneurs get started setting up their own businesses.
After going along to the courses held in Hunstanton, he set up his own advertising photography business, AD Photographic, in April which provides pictures for brochures, fliers, corporate pictures of people at work – or whatever the customer requires. He is also in the process of creating 3D views of products for clients’ websites.
The majority of his customers are in North West Norfolk, although he does travel further afield.
“The course sessions were very useful and informative. There were about eight others with wide-ranging ideas about business opportunities and it was good to discuss issues, compare notes and do some networking,” said Adrian, who works from home, at clients’ premises or locations to suit the needs of the job.
“I thought that it was the right time to strike out on my own and, although times are difficult coming out of the recession, I thought if I could do it now, then that would be good.
“I would recommend anyone who is thinking of starting up a new business, to go on a course. They are so informative and helpful.”
For inquiries about his business Adrian can be contacted on 07979516045 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
TCHC provides workshops, one-to-one sessions and mentoring support through a free business service, funded by West Norfolk and Norfolk County councils.
The workshops will be held in Lynn, Hunstanton and Marham and begin on Monday, February 24, with a workshop called Starting a business – is it right for me? This will be held in Lynn’s Bishops House, Tuesday Market Place, 9.30am to 1pm. Similar workshops, with the same times, take place at Marham on Thursday, March 20 and at Hunstanton on Friday, April 4.
More workshops titled Building your business idea, take place in Lynn on Mondays, April 28 and June 23, and run from 9.30am to 5pm.
The workshops will cover all aspects of setting up and running a business, including sales and marketing, finance book-keeping, tax and VAT.
For more information contact TCHC by calling 01923 698474, email email@example.com or visit the website www.tchc.net/services/business-start-up-support