Two Tone Tiling
Having spent time in the armed forces, Martin Laird decided to capitalise on his passion to be self-employed and start his own business. Despite being dyslexic and with no prior experience in running a business, he started Two Tone Tiling at the end of March 2019. The business offers tiling services for private and domestic clients as well as the construction sector.
Two Tone Tiling prides itself in providing a local service and offers discounts for Martin’s Armed Forces colleagues.
Martin is currently working in partnership with other tilers, kitchen fitters and those in the construction sector to build his network and reputation.
What they did
“I attended a ‘Starting and Running a Business – Taking the Plunge’ workshop which led to me doing my market research and business planning. I received one-to-one support throughout the process from my Business Adviser, Debra Davies-Russell. This has been very useful as I have dyslexia and find it easier to communicate face-to-face.
I needed additional finance to fund the start-up, so I applied for a start-up loan. Debra helped with the business plan and cashflow forecasts to make this a successful application, allowing me to secure the funding and start my business.”
Their proudest moment in business
“My proudest moment was starting my business, picking up my business cards and getting my trade account at Topps Tiling! I was also extremely proud when I completed my first paid job.”
Describe the type of support (financial / non-financial) they’ve received from Business Wales / Welsh Government
Having attended a workshop, delivered by the Welsh Government’s Business Wales service, Martin was supported by his adviser Debra who assisted with all start-up matters including business planning, marketing and cashflow projections, which supported his successful start-up loan application.
Martin will also be attending a Tax and Bookkeeping workshop and has been referred to a sustainability adviser for help with his environmental policies and to Superfast Business Wales for support with digital marketing.
Martin said: “I found the Business Wales start-up workshop extremely good and I benefited greatly from it. My one-to-one meetings with my adviser were really helpful as she was able to answer any queries or explain any issues that I had. The meetings helped me to focus on the research and planning as we set deadlines which helped me achieve my goals.”
Martin’s top tips for anyone else looking to start or grow their own business are:
- access Business Wales and attend their workshops
- be persistent, ask questions and telephone people for information
- don’t give up on your ideas and ambitions