Access Height Solutions
Local business, Access Height Solutions reach new heights
Access Height Solutions is a national rope access company working primarily for the rail industry. The business provides industrial abseiling services to support building repairs, the maintenance of bridges and structures, as well as vegetation management. The company was established in 2015 by Steve Taylor and his business partner Gavin McRae.
Originally based from home, the business acquired office space at Doncaster Sheffield Airport at the beginning of 2017. In order to deliver work onsite, they commission contracted labour rather than employing permanent members of staff due to the variable nature of contracts both in duration and size.
Following the initial diagnostic session and understanding their business offer and the planned future direction of travel, Mike Stanley, Key Account Manager for Business Doncaster, provided business support around funding opportunities, financial advice and guidance (particularly around banking and invoicing), identifying suitable premises and opportunities to network with other businesses.
The business was successful in obtaining a ‘Finance for Enterprise’ loan which was used to support cash flow. In addition, the business was successful in obtaining a grant from the ‘Skills Bank’ which contributed to staff training costs (including a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Dumper certification, National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH) training, a manual handling course, and an accountancy course).
Steve described how he had found the one-to-one provision to be very helpful, and was grateful that Mike had been able to support the business in lots of different ways. They also attended the ‘Meet the buyer’ events, the Airport networking club and a Masterclass sessions on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and marketing. He found these events to be very useful and even better that they were delivered here in Doncaster.
Access to funding has created a significant impact on Access Height Solutions, enabling the turnover to increase by one third and providing the ability to employ additional staff.
“Mike played an integral role in securing funding for the business. He provided added weight to our case by accompanying us to the meeting with the funding provider. I don’t think we would have successfully accessed this opportunity without him.”
Funding towards staff training has helped upskill the workforce and the one-to-one provision has helped the directors develop their business management skills and awareness of opportunities. Through the networking opportunities, Steve met other businesses and has set-up subsequent meetings which he hopes may have a positive impact on the business’ supply chain in the long-term.
For further information about Access Height Solutions, please visit: https://www.ahsuk.com/