03 November 2017
Plymouth Games Manufacturer Wins Ebay Award After Receiving Funded Business Support.
Hannah Daragon, MD of Hannah’s Games, makes and sells card games for parties. Starting her business creating hen party games, her business has expanded to include a game for almost any party genre, with a selection of quirky games suited to either the whole family or an adult-only audience. Recently, Hannah’s Games won the prestigious Ebay ‘Be your own boss’ award, marking her growing success online.
Hannah decided to start a new venture away from her demanding teaching position in order to find a better work-life balance for her young family. However, despite the change in pace, type of work and lifestyle, Hannah puts a lot of her success down to being able to apply transferable skills from one industry into another; she is eager for people who are considering taking a similar leap from Employee to Business Owner to find comfort in this.
Making the move from being a hobby-seller to an established, full-time retailer has not been without its challenges. Hannah describes both her biggest asset and challenge, “You have to trust that your team can run your business as well as you can in your absence. They are able to free me up, allowing me to bring the most value to the business in the limited time that I have. Time is an ongoing challenge and my team stop me from needing to work 24/7.”
Hannah found that as her start-up venture began to flourish, ‘time’ remained a constant constraining factor for the business’ growth. Hannah was spending too much time learning business acumen from scratch but knew there must be more efficient training resources available. Enter the Growth Hub.
Our Online Business Adviser, Laura Daniel, referred Hannah to the Growth Support Programme where she was able to receive a diagnostic review of her business and a one-one mentoring package with Business Adviser, Graham Leigh, of the YTKO Group. In addition, Hannah enjoyed digital skills support sessions delivered by Cosmic, enabling her to become more efficient on the digital platforms that she uses.
Hannah has also attended a series of fully-funded business support workshops, which have proved to be valuable networking opportunities. Since attending the workshops, Hannah and some of the delegates have set up collaborative working groups to share best-practice allowing them to access ongoing peer-led business advice quickly and easily.
“The support I have received has been transformative. Working from my spare room can be quite insular and it was nice to read about my business from an external report. Hearing that I have established a successful business in a short amount of time has been a huge confidence booster and I felt worthy of entering for the award. The exposure my business has received off the back of this award has been exceptional.”
On whether Hannah would recommend the Growth Hub, she said, “Why would you not use the Growth Hub to access business support?! If you don’t grow yourself, you are not going to grow your business. You need to set aside the time and say, ‘I am at the top of my list’.”
Put yourself at the top of your list and start your journey to accessing free, impartial and funded business support. Contact the Growth Hub on 03456 047 047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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