The Business Idea

Jordan Pickford-Gray approached NBV in November 2015 for support to establish his upcoming business in hand-blown glassware, to include dining ware and artistic sculptures. As a recent Design Crafts graduate looking to start his own business, Jordan needed thorough support in all areas of business planning, marketing, financing and sales to take his new ideas forward.

The Challenges

Tailored advice from his NBV adviser, Gau Naik, has provided Jordan with the skills he lacks to produce an essential business infrastructure – including a thorough financial plan. Together with a two-day business masterclass in financial planning, Jordan feels confident that he can tackle the business basics without the need to seek further specialised accountancy advice.

“Every talk I have been to gets me psyched up for business life which also pushes me forward. It may not seem a lot, but has been hugely beneficial for me” – Jordan Pickford-Gray


Programme Impact

Jordan is actively attending a range of expert talks at the NBV BizEx events, learning new skills in marketing his products and networking with other delegates.

Thanks to new ideas and input he has gathered from the support he has received, Jordan is building a marketing and branding plan and developing a USP to make his hand-blown glassware a distinctive product in the market.

His future plans include starting to trade in April 2016, applying for significant funding to rent his own premises and recruiting a social media apprentice to help manage his new marketing strategy.

JPG Creates – Start & Grow stats:

1 Job Created | £2000 investment | £8000 finance leveraged | 0% increased turnover | 16 hours of support | 2 training days

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