Jack Murray, 19, set up Blackthorn Tree Services in February. The business offers pruning hedges and shrubs, selling logs and the care and removal of trees.
“I love being outdoors,” he said, “once I had completed studies in arboriculture and forestry I decided I wanted to work for myself.”
Jack visited the Business Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland for start-up advice, where he met with business adviser Ron Anderson who gave him independent business advice and support.
The help and advice Jack received from the BIC enabled him to secure a start-up loan and the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) and in February this year, Blackthorn Tree Services launched.
Jack said: "Since starting the business it's been a lot busier than I thought it would be and the response has been fantastic. I get to choose when and how I work; the freedom that comes with being self-employed is what I enjoy the most.
"My short term goals are to continue to build the brand name and reputation. Future aims are to move the business into commercial premises and take on staff.
"I would recommend the BIC to anyone thinking about starting their own business. The help and advice I have received has been invaluable."