Young business thriving thanks to expert advice

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TWO young men who encountered difficulties getting bank funding for their emerging tree surgery business have been given a vital boost thanks to a Bury St Edmunds-based community finance organisation.

Adam Thurkettle, 22, of Orchard Street and Rob Sayer, 21, of Downing Close, met at Otley College after leaving school and decided to set up their own business – Viking Tree Services.

The two were able to set up the business with support from their families but needed extra funding for training to enable the business to grow.

But when the pair, aged 19 and 18, approached their bank for help they were turned down, despite having a sound business plan.

On advice from Menta, the business enterprise organisation, they contacted Foundation East which provided the vital funding.

The business offers a full service removing diseased or unwanted trees, advising on tree safety, pruning back large trees and conducting surveys.

Adam said: “The loan has meant we can take on bigger jobs and the skills we have developed have led us to offer more services. A big development for us is that we are now offering surveys and consultancy.”

The two were originally following a different path when they left school. Rob was looking to join the Army and Adam was looking to go to university to study history and had taken a gap year. Instead, they ended up doing a national diploma in aboriculture.

Adam said: “We fell in love with it. We both went into it slightly naive about how difficult it could be and there have been trials and tribulations but we enjoy working for ourselves and the challenges it presents.”

They now plan to expand and take on a larger vehicle and would like in the future to offer a volunteer who works with them a full time job.

Foundation East helps small businesses in the East obtain financial support they may need.