‘I’m an engineer by training with a specialism in sustainability and industrial manufacturing. I ran a specialist consultancy for ten years before launching My Room Outside, but because that was such a massive change in direction for me, I decided that it would be a good idea to seek out some business support.
My Room Outside designs, manufactures and installs affordable outdoor rooms to specifications that don’t need planning permission. We only use responsibly, locally sourced and recyclable materials and our buildings are created for use throughout the full twelve months of the year. Our main customer base is professional people who want a workspace designed around their needs that isn’t located within their home.
Before I could even consider launching My Room Outside, I needed to find business grant funding. I joined a boot camp run by The Business Hothouse, which across three sessions helped me to define my product and my customer, write a business plan with a financial forecast and apply for cash to the Invest4 Grant Fund.
My grant funding application was approved and I was awarded cash for my marketing expenses which meant that I could afford to have a logo, a website and a sales brochure designed and produced.
I’d like to stress that without guidance from The Business Hothouse, I would have struggled to launch my business. Before contacting them I knew the “what’ and the “why’ but I was stuck in terms of the “how”. Their expert advice helped me to define exactly how I could move my idea to a launch-ready entity and for that I will be forever grateful.
You can find out more about my business at www.myroomoutside. com and you can connect with me on Facebook and Instagram @myroomoutside.’