Qualified electrician Craig Prothero, from Tilney All Saints, has turned his love of comics into an online business.
Craig and his wife, Rachael Godsmark, has launched Trinity C Limited, which is an online store offering comics, clothing and collectibles.
He was helped on his way to achieving his goal by enterprise agency Nwes, which is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to “make it happen” by taking their first steps into business in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which starts on Monday, November 19, Nwes is a GEW partner and provides a raft of free advice and access to funding for anyone looking to start or grow a business.
Craig said: “I have always had a passion for all things comic books and sci-fi so Trinity-C really is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. When I was finally in a place in life where I could make that dream come true –I had to grab the opportunity.
“We are one of the only online comic stores that offers handmade clothing inspired by the comic book world. We will also be offering a range of Cosplay items and are looking into building a hero kit, where customers can design their own hero costume as a package.
“I took part in the Barclays Business Masterclass scheme, and they pointed me to Nwes for further help. The advice from my Nwes advisor, Jean McNeil, was extremely useful;Jean guided me through the entire process of building a business plan. Thanks to her I was able to apply for a business loan through Nwes. I’m now working with a small business mentor called Simon Gresham.
“Every step of the way, I have been given guidance on what research to conduct and where; on all the budgeting I needed to plan for, and on the problems that can arise from failing to plan ahead.
“I’ve loved having the chance to put together something truly unique that I hope people will enjoy – even so, be prepared for long nights and constant chasing of suppliers. If you have a passion for something, don’t stop believing in yourself to make it happen.”
To find out more about Trinity C visit www.trinity-c.co.uk
Kevin Horne, chief executive of Nwes, said: “At Nwes, we help new and existing businesses by offering advice, training and premises. Our expert business advisors work with people who are at the first stage of nurturing an idea or a concept as well as those who are established and creating employment opportunities for others.” For more information contact Nwes on 0845 609 9991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org