Lasting differences set to go the distance

Lasting Differences, a community interest company, sought help from Sheffield City Region Growth Hub to help with their day-to-day running of the business and help in securing work.

Lasting Differences aims to support individuals in a community environment to gain confidence through specially designed programmes.

The company was set-up in October 2015 by managing directors Janette Hughes and Amy Pyott. Both directors have experience working with young people and adults going through a tough time.

The company has a variety of different programmes that are designed to help individuals on both a personal and professional scale. They recognise that each individual is different and are allowed to work at their own pace and are encouraged to reach their potential by recognising and utilising their skills, knowledge and experience.

Lasting Differences first contacted Sheffield City Region in December 2015. The company needed guidance on general business matters and help in maximising their return on investment.

With the help of the specialist Growth Hub advisor the company was helped to strive and push forward. Lasting Difference’s company aims were broken down into SMART targets and the company focussed their attention on some business points which had been overlooked.

“Having received the support from Sheffield City Region, we have found our feet, made links and are writing bids which have much more substance to them. Without a doubt we would recommend the support for companies that are either just starting out or needing a fresh perspective on moving their business forward.”

Amy Pyott – Managing Director

Once the general day-to-day business was running smoothly, they concentrated on securing more work. The company had previously bid for six pieces of work but only one had been successful. They had the desire to grow, but some bids for work were falling just short of the mark. They were given guidance on how to prepare more robust bids, and the company is now securing more work on the back of this.

“Everyone at the Growth Hub was extremely professional, approachable and passionate about wanting to help businesses like ours to succeed. They could see what it was we were trying to achieve and they helped us to turn our dreams into a reality.”

Janette Hughes – Managing Director