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What is RGN? THE Warwickshire Rural Growth Network provides free business support to businesses and individuals looking to start their own business, in rural Warwickshire.

Warwickshire County Council has been selected by DEFRA, as one of five counties in England to run this new pilot business support programme focusing on rural areas. You will be given a dedicated business coach, who will work with you to develop a bespoke action plan, to launch a new business or kick start business growth. You and your business coach will work through your journey, to achieve your goals. To discuss this opportunity further, please do contact us on either 07768 390148 or 07920 563781.

GDS Solutions Ltd met Rita Booth, a business coach at Pera Consulting (UK) Ltd (partner delivering the business coaching element of Rural Growth Network), on 30th August 2013 at a local event.

At this point, Mark Dodsworth (Director of Operations) had a business concept and had registered the business as a Limited company. GDS Solutions Ltd (Greenwood and Dodsworth Services Limited) aimed to establish a light manufacturing operation to produce top quality, high grade fibre optic patch leads and hydra fibres to facilitate express requirements. GDS Solutions Ltd received business coaching, access to business workshops and financial support from the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network, to help establish business operations and a market place. The business coaching has provided GDS Solutions Ltd with an opportunity to develop and implement strategic management plans, as well as accessing other services through part-

ners across the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network. Mark and Rita met to discuss the business concept, potential ways to establish a light manufacturing operation and secure a skilled team. Following this initial diagnostic meeting, Rita and Mark developed an action plan to establish this business and plan the resources required. In addition, GDS Solutions Ltd also attended the full programme of business workshops available to those engaged with Warwickshire Rural Growth Network. Rita also made an introduction to the Access to Finance team at the University of Warwick Science Park,

who in partnership with Rita supported GDS Solutions Ltd through the application process for a Micro-Enterprise Grant. This grant gave GDS Solutions Ltd an opportunity to establish a manufacturing operation in record time, giving GDS Solutions Ltd an opportunity to focus on developing a market. With the professional support and guidance from Warwickshire Rural Growth Network partners, GDS Solutions Ltd successfully established the new manufacturing operation in North Warwickshire and began manufacturing on 19th December 2013. Since December 2013, Mark has focused activity on delivering high

grade fibre optic patch leads and hydra fibres, as well as handling an increasing volume of new enquiries. GDS Solutions Ltd has also recruited an experienced engineer and plans to build a production team that will includes apprentices. Mark Dodsworth, Director of Operations at GDS Solutions Ltd commented: “Due to the support, funding and professional advice from Rita Booth at Pera Consulting (UK) Ltd and the Access to finance team at the University of Warwick Science Park for a Micro Enterprise Grant, GDS Solutions Ltd has now become a reality for two people who have embarked on this exciting new adventure, both were unfortunately made redundant from Greenwoods Communications Limited due to its closure in July 2013 . GDS Solutions Ltd is already thinking about their next recruitment and new investments and hope to complete these by mid-2014. A big thank you from myself to all that helped me to achieve my targets for both GDS Solutions Ltd and myself.”

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