Rebuilding a building business
Luke is Cornwall’s latest client, and was already offering a quality building and maintenance service which was entirely based on word of mouth when he approached Fredericks. However, not so long ago, Luke was recuperating from a major operation and wondering, after years in the building trade, whether he would need to change careers completely.
During this time, Luke volunteered for one of Cornwall’s best known charities, Surf Action, which helps serving and ex-service personnel suffering from PTSD and other life changing injuries. His worked evolved beyond surf instruction to mentoring, and when Surf Action’s new offices needed a refit, including disabled access improvements, they knew exactly who to call to manage the entire project!
When Luke was ready to return to work full time, he was soon in demand, but wanted to expand, buy a vehicle and create a website, emphasising his call out service for holiday cottages and homes. "Having worked in the building industry for 9 years I recognised a need for a reliable 24 hour maintenance service in Cornwall, available to all, but specialising in the holiday and leisure industry".
With tight turnarounds for popular holiday lets - sometimes only a few hours - Luke realised the potential of a reliable out-of-hours service that could mean the difference between another happy holiday for someone, or the loss of hundreds of pounds for the owner.
Luke impressed the loan panel with his experience, tenacity and character, and they were happy to support him with the full loan amount.
“Fredericks has allowed me to realise aspirations, giving me the foundation to put my ideas into practice. I've enjoyed the process and have met some great people who are continuing to support me.”
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