“I am now in control of my life” – Richard’s story

Richard engaged with Inspired to Achieve (I2A) and Yarlington after being made redundant just before Christmas 2018.  He had been out of work for three months.

Consequently, he was getting into debt and in arrears with rent. He had always wanted to become self-employed in the auto mechanical engineering business. He had the positive attitude and motivation to make it happen, unfortunately he did not have the funds.

He had the foresight to ask for help from his landlord who then referred him to Inspired to Achieve.  Due to the financial demands to start the business, he was then introduced to the Positive People Programme.

Richard also joined the New Enterprise Scheme to access mentoring support and a steady income through the NE Allowance.  He also applied for funding through his Landlords Ambition Fund, but still this was not sufficient to start the business. The partnership between the landlord, DWP and Positive People Programme made Richards dreams become a reality.

Positive People contributed the final £1,500 needed to start and R J Auto Engineering started trading on the 8th April 2019.

“After 4 years at college completing City and Guilds NVQs, a BTEC Diploma and an apprenticeship, I spent the next 16 years working for various garages and vehicle specialists in Surrey and Croydon.

“When the last garage I worked for closed down I made the decision to move to Somerset, closer to family.  I took a job as a Field Service Engineer, but unfortunately I was made redundant 10 days before Christmas 2018.

“I then decided to go back to what I love and researched how to develop my own repair centre.  This is when I started to develop the idea of R J Auto Engineering.

“My main challenge was funding the equipment which I needed to be able to start trading.  I also had to convince myself that the risk was worth taking!

“The Positive People Programme motivated me further through coaching and mentoring through the different professional services.  They also provided me with the necessary funding to purchase some essential equipment.  I was confident in my ability, and had a good business plan and marketing strategy.  I2A believed in what I hoped to achieve.

“I am now in control of my life, my future, my everything.  It makes me feel free! I will also hopefully have a successful business to leave to my son.

“I hope to expand the business, employ staff and live a happy comfortable life.

“Gill at Positive People has been an absolute delight to work with! Gill has made me feel as if I am worth something and has given me the motivation that I need to be successful!”