Rose Williams, a second-year student at Coleg Gwent launched her roofing firm All You Need earlier this year with the support of the Welsh Government’s youth entrepreneurship service Big Ideas Wales and since has been providing homes across Caerphilly and beyond with their roofing requirements, offering services such as small tile repairs to complete replacements of fibreglass, rubber or slate roofs.
Rose found herself feeling unfulfilled in previous roles, having previously worked as a support worker, as well as a customer assistant in retail. Having studied construction at Cardiff and Vale College, Rose decided to use this knowledge of the industry to start her own roofing business, taking on a project management role.
“It also makes the world of difference to my clients, especially those who might feel less comfortable having a group of men in their home. The feedback I’ve had is it’s a breath of fresh air for my customers when they see a woman enter their home to discuss their requests and plans. I hope this will set my business apart.”
Looking for advice on setting up a business, Rose found Big Ideas Wales online and contacted the service with a summary of her business proposal. Soon after, Rose received a call from Big Ideas Wales and was paired up with her own Business Adviser, Natalie Duckett, who provided one-on-one business support and guided her through every stage of building a business, from insurance and cash flow to growing a team.
Speaking about the benefits of launching a business alongside Big Ideas Wales, Rose said: “None of this would have been possible without Big Ideas Wales. As well as providing me with everything I needed to build a solid business and answering each of my questions with information and resources, Natalie was so supportive in encouraging me as a woman in taking the trade by storm. Natalie, as well as Big Ideas Wales, are incredible in inspiring young people – especially women - as they build their futures from small ideas, whatever industry that may be in.”
In the months to come, Rose is planning on hiring another intern to support her in building her roofing business, while offering her beauty services to clients as a side hustle.