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Training Company Aims High

Published 8th Dec 2010 by Rachel McDerby

A training company in Wakefield has been named business of the month in a competition run by Eaton Smith Solicitors to recognise local talent.

ASTRA Access Safety Training was set up three years ago by Director Mick Aston from his spare room at home in Honley with just a £2000 grant. 

The company specialises in delivering training that is legally required for people working at heights in areas like construction, telecommunications and signage.

“I’ve always been ambitious and after 35 years working in the scaffolding industry I decided that I could do it on my own so I so set-up as a sole trader,” said MickASTRA Training with some of the judging panel.

It wasn’t long before the business started to flourish and Mick moved to bigger premises off the M1 between Ossett and Wakefield.

At the same time he formed a partnership with fellow Director, Mandy Netherwood, who brought a much-needed range of administration skills to the company.

Today ASTRA employs six people and they have just opened up two new training centres with plans for another in the New Year.

The company has even started to sell access and personal safety equipment. 

Eaton Smith’s David Blakeborough said: “We were impressed by the company’s growth over the last three years. It is a competitive market and they are doing well."

Mick puts their success down to hard work, determination and having the right attitude from the start.

He added: “This is a real achievement, we are very pleased. It’s normally us handing out the certificates so it’s nice to be on the other side for a change.”

The Business of the Month Award is run in association with the Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Business Link Yorkshire.

It is open to firms in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Contact Ian Greenwood at Eaton Smith on 01484 821389.

Pictured above from left to right: Richard Brown, RNB Surveyors Ltd; Roz Edwards, LAP International PR; Wendy Ingham, Business Link; Andrew Sugden, Eaton Smith LLP; Mandy Netherwood, ASTRA Training Ltd; Mick Aston, ASTRA Training Ltd; Andrew Choi, MYCC and Melissa Healy, MYCC


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