Neill Sports Ltd

Business Name:  Neill Sports Ltd

Support Received:  Start Up Loan and Start & Grow

Location:  Chelmsford, Essex

 


Following a career-ending injury and after being diagnosed with cancer, ex-footballer, David Neill decided to channel these experiences into something positive in order to take control of his life.

With his illness behind him but his passion for football undiminished, he began to explore the possibility of starting his own business.

We spoke to David about the freedom that being a business owner has given him, and how Nwes helped him to make the move.

What does Neill Sports Ltd offer? 

After illness and injury, I realised I could combine my potential as an event organiser, with my commitment to football by organising five and six a-side football events – my business idea was born.

I founded Neill Sports Ltd in January 2017, and launched in May 2017.  I continue to be driven by my passion and experience in football, and I’m relishing my new-found freedom as a business owner.

What has been the highlight of becoming a business owner?

The real highlight has been being in control of my life.

What support did you receive from Nwes?

I received 1-to-1 business advice from Nwes with Business Advisor, John Sargant.  I also applied for a Start Up Loan.  This enabled me to purchase a franchise, and gave me a solid platform upon which to build the business.

 

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“I founded Neill Sports Ltd in January 2017, and launched in May 2017.  I continue to be driven by my passion and experience in football, and I’m relishing my new-found freedom as a business owner.”

What has been the impact of the support you have received from Nwes?

It has been the lifeline behind my business and it has taught me so much – I now feel more confident than ever.  It has helped me to shape my business and has showed me what is achievable.

What does the future hold for Neill Sport Ltd?

I am already thinking about the future.  I would like to employ staff and to become one of the largest franchises in the country.

Nwes will continue to support me through the Start & Grow programme to help me to achieve my goals.

 

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