With the help from Enterprise Answers, Penrith couple Darran and Tracy Luck have set up ‘Lakeland Aerials’, a new business specialising in aerial and satellite installation and repair services.
After working for SKY TV for over 8 years, Darran saw a business opportunity to help people across the county with their TV installation requirements. After doing a lot of research Darran realised there wasn’t a huge amount of competition across Cumbria and had made many contacts that would ensure he was able to start his business on a good footing.
Darran and Tracy live in Penrith with their six children aged 2 to 16, so they are always kept busy and aim to involve their whole family in the business in the future. Business also runs in the family as Darran’s parents are Directors of Cumbira X Press Ltd, so he is well prepared for everything that running your own business can throw at you.
“We took a huge leap of faith by setting up Lakeland Aerials; leaving the security of a job that I had done for years and ensuring I could still take care of the family. Luckily we have lots of support and I have been able to build up a good reputation throughout the county, which has stood me in good stead to ensure this venture works. If the first three months is anything to go by then we’ve found a niche in the market.”
Initially, Darran and his wife Tracy started looking into raising funds to realise their business aspirations. They did a basic search online for Government grants or start up schemes and that’s how they discovered Enterprise Answers, Cumbria’s only Community Development Finance Institution. With the assistance and guidance from the team at Enterprise Answers ‘Lakeland Aerials’ was able to get up and running.
Since starting the business three months ago Darran has been out on the job every day; helping domestic customers and businesses from Kendal to Carlisle with their digital, aerial and satellite queries. Lakeland Aerials covers all aspects of installation from aerials, satellite systems, TV wall mounting and telephone line extensions, to checking broadband and phone connections and wiring. For more services you can visit their website – www.Lakelandaerials.co.uk