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A Rotherham entrepreneur who launched a music business after being made redundant earlier this year has been able to invest in a retail outlet after receiving a funding boost from the UK Steel Enterprise Kickstart fund.

Established in April 2016 by former IT teacher David Sinclair, DSin Guitar Services provides a range of services including lessons and in-house repairs and servicing facilities for all types of fretted instruments serving the Rotherham, Barnsley and Dearne Valley areas.  In addition, the business also stocks pre-owned and brand new instruments, effect pedals, accessories and amplifiers.

Founder David said the vital cash injection from the Kickstart fund – dedicated to supporting people looking to establish a business in the Rotherham area – had enabled him to purchase essential business insurance, marketing materials and specialist tools.

The firm has aims to create three new jobs over the next three years and once established plans to launch its own range of guitars. David said, “Following my redundancy earlier this year launching a guitar repair service business seemed like a natural move given my love of music. With funding from the UK Steel Enterprise Kickstart Fund and advice from RIDO I was able to open a retail outlet much quicker than I expected and expand the services available.

“The £400 not only enabled me to purchase insurance, but also materials to fit out the shop, signage and specialist tools.  I’m in the process of designing a website, and am already building up a strong customer base in and around Rotherham.”

Launched in February 2016 by Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise, with support from RIDO and Rotherham Youth Enterprise, the Kickstart Fund is dedicated to supporting people looking to establish a business in the area.

Regional manager at UK Steel Enterprise, Keith Williams, said: “The Kickstart fund exists to help people get their business ideas off the ground, and David is a great example of someone with the drive and ambition to succeed.

“We’re delighted to help and it’s great to see that David has already been able to expand the store, doubling the space available.”

UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, supports the economic development of steel industry areas and has helped over 6,700 businesses with investments upwards of £91m, and has created over 77,000 jobs.

UK Steel Enterprise also provides loan and equity finance of up to £1m to existing companies which are growing, particularly those creating jobs. If you need finance for your business then please contact UK Steel Enterprise on 0800 915 1188.