A Mid Ulster entrepreneur has built a solid foundation for business success after launching his own concrete pumping business, Ulster Concrete Pumping, thanks to the support of the Go For It Programme, in association with Mid Ulster District Council.
Serghei Hamchevici is with Councillor Sean McPeake, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council and Jim Eastwood, General Manager of Cookstown Enterprise Centre.
This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014- 2020) Programme.
Serghei Hamchevici, originally from Moldova, made the life changing decision to turn his back on long-term employment and chase his dream of running his own business, after spotting a gap in the market for a specialist concrete pumping company.
Serghei launched Ulster Concrete Pumping in May 2018, after going through the Go For It Programme and raising the necessary capital required to purchase a specialised mobile concrete pump.
Serghei explains: “I was inspired by my wife, who recently took over a thriving clothing alteration and dry-cleaning business. I had worked part-time in the concrete pumping industry, alongside my full-time job, and saw a niche in the market to use small portable pumps, which could be used for day to day building and domestic needs such as driveways and house foundations.”
With less than one year of trading under his belt, Ulster Concrete Pumping is operating ahead of projected sales estimated in the business plan which Serghei refers to as his ‘route map’ to monitor the progress of his business.
“Without the Go For It programme, turning my idea into a feasible business would not have been possible, their help and support was essential. I sat down with my business advisor from Cookstown Enterprise Centre and they helped me to put together my business plan. We looked at everything from finance to forecasting. It really opened my eyes to what was involved.
“I also attended a range of free workshops provided by the programme, including business planning, market research and financial forecasting. These were fantastic and really helped me to learn and grow as a new business owner.”
The Go For It Programme is delivered free of charge by a team of experienced business mentors through Northern Ireland’s wide network of enterprise agencies. It provides expert advice and help to develop a business plan, helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into commercial businesses.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake said: “I was delighted to meet Serghei and hear about his thriving new business, he is clearly reaping the benefits of support from the Go For It programme. Mid Ulster has a strong entrepreneurial culture and it’s one of the Council’s strategic priorities to help maximise opportunities to create and grow district wide businesses and investment. I wish Serghei every success in growing his new venture”.
Jim Eastwood, General Manager of Cookstown Enterprise Centre, said: “Serghei knew exactly what he wanted to do and the equipment he needed to make it a success. His Business Advisor, Shauna Rooney, mentored him in the process of preparing a business plan, focusing on areas such as market research, financial planning and marketing.
“This provided him with a clear plan for the future and helped him secure the necessary Enterprise Northern Ireland loan that transformed his vision into a reality. It is fantastic to see Serghei’s business grow and thrive and we wish him every success for the future.”