David Schorah of EE Power moved into Stockport Business & Innovation Centre (SBIC) over two years ago. They are a great example of a business growing with the support received directly from our Incubator Director, Tony Corcoran, and the numerous workshops and networking opportunities here at SBIC. Read more about their journey below.
Having worked for an energy biomass business for several years I left to follow up a solar sale and installation project I had won in July 2015. This didn’t come off but was a catalyst for me to leave paid employment and set up my own business, which resulted in me taking a desk in the shared office at the Stockport Business & Innovation Centre (SBIC). I then started contacting clients to discuss energy solutions as I had done previously, but this time for the benefit of my own business.
The culture here at SBIC, where everyone is working for themselves but within a great ‘business community’ has had a positive impact. The networking opportunities, both for my specific energy business and for businesses in general, are second to none. The centre is a vibrant place to come to work and provides both a morale boost and lots of support. When times have been tough I have benefited from practical support from all the team and specifically the Incubator Director, Tony. Small things too like the provision of refreshments mean I can concentrate on what really matters!
“Having taken advantage of the support available to him & utilising the benefits of being a part of the SBIC business community, David & the EE Power business are beginning to reap the rewards – the business is now on the verge of creating significant growth & taking a real foothold in the energy solutions market.”
Tony Corcoran, Incubator Director at SBIC
The centre runs regular drop in Access to Finance (A2F) sessions with an expert and as a result of a meeting with one of their specialists we have successfully applied for a start-up loan via Business Finance Solutions, this has been instrumental in us getting to where we are now.
Our continual growth and development since being here at the centre both at home and abroad see us now working on a circa £2m project which could really be the making of us.
Tony Corcoran, Incubator Director at SBIC said, ‘From the moment David targeted this niche market opportunity, he has shown great dedication & commitment to driving his business opportunity forward. Having taken advantage of the support available to him & utilising the benefits of being a part of the SBIC business community, David & the EE Power business are beginning to reap the rewards – the business is now on the verge of creating significant growth & taking a real foothold in the energy solutions market’.