Live it and Get Active was set up by Gurmeet Singh and Matthew Jenkinson while they were undertaking an internship as part of their degrees. Now they hope that entering the If We Can You Can competition will help them to improve the health of the region.
What did you do before setting up your business?
We were both studying health related degrees; BSc(Hons) Nutrition and BSc(Hons) Sports and Exercise Science. We met on a popular internship arranged through the University of Teesside, to work for Tees Valley Sport, of which we were the two successful candidates out of a hundred plus candidates to secure the position.
What inspired you to set up your business?
At the time of working with Tees Valley Sport, when we met, we were both working part time as sports coaches, working with children in health and wellbeing. We both shared a passion for helping others and through the internship we got presented with the opportunity to improve health in schools, so we came up with our own programme, approached the schools ourselves (during work at school games events) and arranged meetings. Near to the end of the three-month internship we were both delivering our programme in five different primary schools across Middlesbrough; and this is when we realised we have to do this as our own business.
What makes this business different?
What makes us different is the fact that we understand our target audience very well, but at the same time we are extremely passionate about what we do. There is no one currently delivering what we wish to offer and our programme takes a three dimensional approach to help society not only improve their physical health but improve their mental and emotional health and relationships, starting in deprived areas.
What inspired you to enter the If We Can You Can Challenge?
We see this as an opportunity for further growth and the chance to receive the right help to get us where we want to be. We think the If We Can You Can Challenge can really help kick start our business into success.
Where do you see your business in three years’ time?
In three years’ time we want to have a well-established name and reputation in the area of Middlesbrough. We want to build a good relationship with at least 4-5 schools and we want to be delivering our programmes in those schools.
What has been the most rewarding part of your journey so far?
Seeing our efforts come to fruition and the incredible feedback and support we have had come back to us so far.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Not being financially in the position to do what we wish to do yet.
Who/what gave you support or advice?
Teesside University and Launch Pad Teesside Business School
What advice would you give to someone looking to set up their own business?
Take your time and do everything right. Don’t cut corners and do the necessary work required to build your business.