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Name: Tim Sher­cliff. Which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with?: En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field, a Make it Mac­cles­field Ini­tia­tive – visit www. en­ter­pris­ing­mac­cles­field. co.uk for de­tails. What do you do?: We pro­vide business coach­ing, lo­cal ad­vice and ac­cess to re­gional sup­port and fund­ing for any­one look­ing to start or ex­pand their com­mer­cial or so­cial en­ter­prise in SK10 and SK11. This ser­vice is com­pletely free. In the first six months, we have helped more than 40 business own­ers and en­trepreneurs. What prompted you to set up the group?: We wanted to tap into Mac­cles­field’s great en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit and put in place lo­cal ex­per­tise that can re­ally help make a dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal econ­omy. Lots of gov­ern­ment schemes that used to ex­ist have fallen by the way­side so we have used our sown ex­pe­ri­ences in set­ting up and run­ning busi­nesses to help oth­ers do the same. Mac­cles­field­based peo­ple help­ing Mac­cles­field en­trepre- neurs! What do you most en­joy about do­ing this?: Meet­ing and work­ing with peo­ple in all kinds of ven­tures – there is huge va­ri­ety in what peo­ple are work­ing on and lots of tal­ented folks. What are your funny or mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences while you have been do­ing this?: The most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence was when we launched En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field in the Silk Her­itage Cen­tre – we had over 60 peo­ple packed in, with stand­ing room only at the back and a real buzz about the event and what we were try­ing to do. It was a great feel­ing to think that we had the sup­port of so many peo­ple in the lo­cal area. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: The town cen­tre on a sunny Treacle Mar­ket Day! It has a real car­ni­val at­mos­phere with the place alive and bustling. I love get­ting a glimpse of the hills from Mill Street. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day?: Walk­ing in Mac­cles­field For­est early in the morn­ing and then work­ing with a lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur in the af­ter­noon, prefer­ably in one of the many in­de­pen­dent cof­fee shops in Mac­cles­field, which I’ve cer­tainly go to know pretty well since we started En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field! What’s been your great­est achieve­ment so far?: Get­ting En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field set up and launched, with so many peo­ple and lo­cal busi­nesses sup­port­ing us – as well as help­ing more than 40 or­gan­i­sa­tions, we have put to­gether a net­work of 25 peo­ple who are will­ingly giv­ing up some of their time to help. What events have you got planned?: We’re plan­ning an event for lo­cal so­cial en­ter­prises and char­i­ties on Tues­day, July 12, in con­junc­tion with Tyther­ing­ton School, CVS Cheshire East and Canal­side Com­mu­nity Ra­dio. We will also have an event in the early sum­mer aimed at more es­tab­lished com­mer­cial busi­nesses, in con­junc­tion with the Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce and MMU Cen­tre for En­ter­prise. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: If you’ve al­ways wanted to run your own business, don’t look back in 20 years and won­der why you never did. In­stead, think about what you’re good at, what you’re pas­sion­ate about and come and talk to us about how to make it into a business, ei­ther a so­cial en­ter­prise or char­ity that helps oth­ers or a com­mer­cial en­ter­prise. Ei­ther way, it could be the best de­ci­sion you ever make! www.en­ter­pris­ing­mac­cles­field.co.uk.

●● Tim Sher­cliff (left) Chair­man of En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field with David Rut­ley MP.

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