Councillor Visits Tony and Naomi Carter’s Stay-in-Touch-Workshop.org.uk
03 December 2015
Image description, from left to right: Councillor Mazher Iqhal, Naomi Carter, Clive Betts MP and Tony Carter.
After spending most of my working life in financial services in Sheffield I have managed to build up a relatively large client base. This led me to set up “Stay-in-Touch-Workshops.org.uk” which is part of a global network and provides online workshops for small businesses. Basically we coach small businesses on how to develop their own “hungry marketplace”, as well as giving advice on how to market on mobile apps and maximise their Search Engine Optimization.
My big project at the moment is to establish my very own philanthropic foundation – the Tony J Carter Foundation – for young entrepreneurs. My foundation will finance and educate budding young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 from nine of the most disadvantaged socioeconomic regions in England. It’s a very exciting time.
Things are going well; we have been running the business since February 2015 and so are still at the stage where we are building the team. We tend to hire local people, including work experiences who dip into the administrative side of things. We recently took a member of staff on permanently after finishing her work experience here.
As a city, Sheffield has a lot going for it. It is a big city, like Manchester and Leeds, but has the added extra of being very green and very friendly which gives it a totally different feel. I have lived in Sheffield for 30 years and worked around the area for roughly 15 years, so it made sense to set up a small business in Sheffield.
Through Small Business Saturday – a national event that encourages the public to shop locally – Councillor Mazher Iqhal and Clive Betts MP came to visit our company.
I think visits like this are great for raising awareness of local independent businesses. They help to encourage others to be entrepreneurial, show the public how small businesses can aid community growth and raise the profile of independent firms.