Elliot Hodgson, a former Super League player with the Huddersfield Giants, has left the sport behind to start-up and build his own business with support from the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency. Read his story.
A former Super League player has left the sport behind to start-up and build his own business with support from the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency.
23-year old Elliot Hodgson lives in Halifax and was a full-back with the Huddersfield Giants before choosing to end his contract and take a pay out which allowed him to train in plumbing and heating.
In February last year, he started on the New Enterprise Allowance scheme which gives those out of work the opportunity to get support to start their own business.
Elliot worked with a business mentor to develop his plan for Hodgson Plumbing and Heating. He set up the firm with the Enterprise Agency’s support and says he hasn’t looked back:
“It was a bit slow in the first six months and I only had one or two days’ work but the New Enterprise Allowance I received really kept my business going and things are now really positive.
“I now have work every day and I’m booked up for a few months. I have even had to start sub-contracting odd bits of work because I’m too busy to do it myself.”
Elliot is planning for the future and even considering employing someone else to support him growing the business. He says, from day one, his West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency mentor was invaluable:
“He helped me through the whole process of setting up and understanding my business and the help has continued. He still helps me today with questions I have and with doing and understanding my accounts. He doesn’t have to do this for me but he still does so I owe him a lot. Without his help I wouldn’t be where I am today.”