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Fab Funding and Footy

There's been much talk in the news on how new and existing businesses in the North East have difficulty sourcing funding.

Well, this is where Stuart Hall & Co comes into its own ... as we say, we do more than just add up the numbers.

Meet a couple of our clients, Adam Lee and Sam Whisker of Mobile Rocket, Ltd.


Adam Lee/Sam Whisker

A couple of years ago, our client, Adam (owner), told us of his plans to grow his business. Little did he know that he was about to get a lot more than he’d bargained for.

Since then, we've secured Mobile Rocket Ltd roughly £80,000 through various grants, that they've poured into their business’s growth!

It can be confusing and very time-consuming trying to research and find available pools of finance for businesses these days. The whole of the UK has struggled since the recession with cuts to public sector funding - the North East in particular.


As a team, we like to play an active role in the community, and that has given us a lot of insight over the years into who’s who in the funding zoo. We believe in the power of community for businesses and individuals:

  • It's a top way to get to know other people from all walks of life.
  • You find yourself getting excited and inspired about new things.
  • It's the easiest way to find fresh opportunities and ideas.
  • It's great fun ... you'll need a separate diary for your social life.
  • Other people's life lessons can teach you, train you and inspire you in new directions personally and professionally.

Adam and Sam reaped the rewards of that and now play a big part in our community, too, as their business grows from strength to strength. I mean -

£80,000!!!!

CONCLUSION: getting involved = getting inspired = getting in the pink


We help our clients find the funding they need because we can. It’s part of our role in the community. In fact, we’ve recently been involved in Gala Water Hydro’s success – helping to secure £1.5 million to provide hydro-electric generators to Galashiels rivers in South Scotland. Now, that community will have its own renewable power source.

Read about it here – the BBC covered the story.

So how do you do it? What if you're a shy, retiring wallflower-type who wouldn’t say “boo” to a goose, let alone walk into a room full of strangers and announce yourself?

Well, here are some special, Stuart Hall & Co tips to GETTING INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY THE EASY WAY, seeing as it’s so good for you:

  • Respond to local charity "calls to arms" for the feelgood buzz. They’re actively looking for you! If you’re in our area, investigate Supportive - they're looking for volunteer drivers. Or Butterwick Hospice - always a great event coming up in their busy calendar!
  • Have a look in your local library for sports groups, cultural clubs and hobbyist classes. It's a direct link to people who share your tastes.
  • Find a volunteer group with a cause you can really get behind. Although helping out once or twice is generous, it'’'s not nearly as helpful and as TRUST building as becoming a regular, committed supporter of a group. You will get more out of it in the long run.
  • If there's any Fantasy Football League on the go, take a punt. Kate was our October winner ...
League Table

Well done, Kate! Girl Power ...


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Abi got to work and within days the whole thing was organised. The funding body asked for more info and Abi made sure it was returned as quickly as possible ...

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