Good News Stories – Sustainable Businesses
One of Enterprise St Helena’s (ESH) key goals encompasses supporting business development on St Helena, as well as enhancing entrepreneurial skills. As ESH marks its five years of being in operation, we take a look at businesses we have supported who have developed and sustained their operations over the past few years.
This week we focus on Gigabyte IT Solutions owned by Craig Williams and Beauty Sport owned by Noleen Stevens.
Gigabyte IT Solutions has been operating for around three years and was established by Craig Williams. The business offers advice on PC and Laptop repairs, broadband installations and a range of solutions for computer related issues, including troubleshooting common technology problems.
Craig began fixing computers and laptops for family and friends, however this hobby then developed into a full fledged business when an individual suggested to Craig that his hobby could bridge the gap in a non-existing market at that time. “Inspiration to start my business came from the main incentive that I wanted to be my own boss. I saw several businesses that were doing well and expanding and I wanted to join the world of the private sector.” explained Craig.
Currently Gigabyte IT Solutions is a part time business and Craig’s full time employment is also centered around Information Technology, so he spends his entire day working with IT.
As new technology has been introduced on the island, Craig has expanded his services to include repairing mobile phones and also sells a limited variety of electronic devices.
For future plans, Craig envisages opening a computer shop: “I want to open an electronics shop similar to those in the UK, in addition to having a repair facility within the outlet.” When asking about giving future advice to entrepreneurs, he offers some business advice: “Don’t rush into setting up a small business, but build your ideas over
Beauty Spot is located at the ESH Business Park at Ladder Hill. Noleen Stevens has operated her hair salon from the premises since 2012.
Noleen speaks of her previous experience: “I have been cutting hair since I was 16 years old. It began with family and friends, but it grew to visiting clients.”
Noleen is self taught and has developed her skills by watching others, reading books and also watching DVD’s. She wishes to gain some training in the UK, which would allow her to learn new techniques, gaining a national vocation certificate and experience in a salon.
The push to develop her business into a salon came when Noleen covered for a salon owner at the Market and she very much enjoyed the experience. The business now features the sale of cosmetic and hair products and Noleen hopes to develop her business further by offering beauty treatments.
Both businesses would like to recruit an additional member of staff, specifically targeting school leavers, to pass on their knowledge to future entrepreneurs.
ESH Press Release
25 July 2017