ADAM’S BREWING UP GOOD BUSINESS FOR BLACKPOOL ENTERPRISE WEEK!
A successful Blackpool businessman is encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to get involved in Blackpool Enterprise Week.
Adam Soliman started his Charbrew business seven years ago with the help of Blackpool Council’s Get Started scheme – and now is a key player in a global tea market.
The 28-year-old will be giving a keynote speech at the launch of Blackpool Enterprise Week which runs from April 18-22. Blackpool Council will host the week of free and professional events at venues across the resort, aimed to enthuse and inspire business start-ups and established companies.
After graduating university in 2009 with a degree in accountancy and finance, Adam decided the fragility of the global economic market was not going to put him off setting up his own business. Following on from visits to tea plantations in the Far East and Asia and researching fruit and herbal infusions in the European market, Adam sought help from Get Started – and he’s not looked back.
He said: “Graduating in the middle of the world’s biggest recession and deciding to set up a business was quite daunting but Get Started were a great help to me. At 21 I didn’t know where to turn for financial help or even how to start a business but the team there helped me along the way.
“They helped me form the basis of the business and then it grew from there. I still use designers based in Blackpool, Printloft UK, who also were helped by Get Started, even though the business is based in Manchester. Had it not been for the help of Get Started I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Charbrew has recently launched a healthy ice tea range nationally across 150 WH Smith stores. The specialist tea company also has clients all over the UK as well as one of the USA’s biggest retailers, TJX, owners of TK Maxx and HomeSense.
Adam added: “Many people don’t realise that help is out there in Blackpool for people who don’t know how to set up their own business. Without Blackpool Unlimited and its Get Started service I wouldn’t be where I am now so I would encourage them to use them all they can.
“The facilities they have at their disposal are excellent. They can give you the start other organisations struggle to and you never know where it might get you. At the end of the day you have nothing to lose so go for it!”
Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “Adam’s Charbrew business is a fantastic example of a local lad who has done extremely well.
“Not only did he have a good business idea but he had the drive and passion to make it successful.
“Whether it’s starting up a new business from scratch or expanding your current company, Blackpool Enterprise Week offers lots of courses and advice to help you along the way.
“Places are limited and going fast so make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place today.”
Themes for Blackpool Enterprise Week include Financing Your Business, Business Growth, Digital Marketing, Taking Care of Business, Marketing and Selling, Inspiring Business Success and Google’s Digital Garage.
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