How I got where I am to­day...

Leek Post & Times - - STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UPDATE - Natalie He­witt Di­rec­tor and ar­chi­tect, He­witt&carr Ar­chi­tects, Chea­dle

I GOT where I am to­day through hard work, per­se­ver­ance and an in­cred­i­ble sup­port net­work around me.

Hav­ing qual­i­fied in 2011 as a char­tered ar­chi­tect, after eight years of higher ed­u­ca­tion, I was made re­dun­dant.

My busi­ness part­ner Mark Carr and I set up He­witt&carr Ar­chi­tects from a small of­fice above his sis­ter’s shop in Chea­dle High Street in Au­gust 2011.

We be­gan trad­ing, ini­tially with a strong res­i­den­tial port­fo­lio which quickly pro­gressed into the com­mer­cial sec­tor, work­ing with com­pa­nies such as Wrights and Emma Bridge­wa­ter.

How is your busi­ness do­ing?

The busi­ness is do­ing re­ally well. We have grown year-on-year and we are now a strong team of ten. We have a mix of ar­chi­tects and tech­nol­o­gists, who all work on a wide range of projects. We have re­cently lo­cated to new of­fices at Daisy­bank House Busi­ness Cen­tre, which will al­low us the op­por­tu­nity to grow fur­ther should the work­load re­quire it.

How is the Chea­dle busi­ness econ­omy?

Chea­dle is a great town, and with the pro­posed in­flux of houses which is planned in the area, there cer­tainly needs to be in­vest­ment into the High Street and em­ploy­ment. Daisy­bank House is a great start, pro­vid­ing much needed high-qual­ity of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Staffordshire Moor­lands. The Staffordshire Moor­lands Cham­ber is cur­rently do­ing great work to in­crease the vis­i­bil­ity of busi­ness in the area, but I do feel that more needs to be done at a higher level within the lo­cal coun­cil, to in­vest in its towns and to sup­port their thriv­ing busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties.

Why would you en­cour­age any busi­ness to join the Cham­ber?

The Cham­ber is here to help. Whether you are start­ing a busi­ness or grow­ing a busi­ness, the Cham­ber can pro­vide you with much needed sup­port. It has an ab­so­lute wealth of knowl­edge and pro­fes­sion­als who can help you to find the best way of ac­cess­ing this vi­tal sup­port net­work. For me the Cham­ber is all about en­gage­ment. Like any­thing, the more you put into it the more you will get out.

What ad­vice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Never give up and never re­gret past de­ci­sions. Your past de­ci­sions are what make you who you are.

FAVOURITES

Food: Cheese

Drink: Tea or a good IPA Band/artist: Pink

Book: Does a colour­ing book count?

Film: Any­thing Dis­ney Team: Leek Ladies Hockey

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