GDS (Greenwood and Dodsworth Services Limited) manufactures top quality, high grade fibre optic patch cords and hydra cables to facilitate express requirements.

GDS received business coaching and financial support from the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network, to help establish business operations and a market place. The business coaching has provided GDS with an opportunity to develop and implement strategic management plans, as well as accessing other services within the Rural Growth Network.

GDS met Rita Booth, a business coach at Pera Consulting (partner delivering the business coaching element of Rural Growth Network), on 30th August 2013 at an event. At this point, Mark Dodsworth (Director of Operations) had a business concept and had registered the business as a Limited company.

Mark and Rita agreed to meet, to discuss the business idea and potential ways to establish this business. Following this initial diagnostic meeting, Rita and Mark developed an action plan to establish this business and plan the resources required. In addition, GDS also chose to attend the full programme of business workshops available to those signed up to Rural Growth Network.

Rita also made a referral to the Access to Finance team at the University of Warwick Science Park, who supported GDS through the application process for a Micro-Enterprise Grant. This grant has given GDS an opportunity to buy specialist machinery and equipment to develop a high end manufacturing operation, giving GDS a leading edge in its market.

With the professional support and guidance from Warwickshire Rural Growth Network partners, GDS has established a new manufacturing operation in North Warwickshire and began manufacturing on 19th December 2013. Mark is busy handling an increasing number of new enquiries. More recently, GDS has recruited an experienced engineer and plans to build a production team over the next few months.

“Due to the support, funding and professional advice from Pera Consulting Ltd and the Access to finance team at the University of Warwick Science Park for a Micro Enterprise Grant, GDS has now become a reality for two people who have embarked on this exciting new adventure, both were unfortunately made redundant from Greenwoods Communications Limited due to its closure in July 2013 . GDS is already thinking about their next recruitment and new investments and hope to complete these by mid-2014. A big thank you from myself to all that helped me to achieve my targets for both GDS and myself.”

Mark Dodsworth, Director of Operations at GDS