WITH the help of a start-up loan, an ambitious entrepreneur has expanded her growing business into Fareham and Southampton.
HR practitioner Deborah Witcomb worked in corporate HR for two decades before deciding to branch out on her own with her business, The HR Dept Southampton.
Deborah started her company in February 2017, setting up offices in Totton in the New Forest.
The firm, which offers outsourced HR advice and support, has a portfolio of clients from Waterside, Romsey, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford and Southampton.
The budding entrepreneur said that she wants to give people affordable, personal advice.
The £8,000 loan from funding agency Transmit Startups helped Deborah to acquire the licence to widen her reach. The loan was also used to purchase IT and office equipment.
Deborah said: ‘The first eight months have gone really well with lots of positive feedback. I’ve decided to forge ahead with my growth plans and take on another territory of operation.
‘Southampton East and Fareham includes areas like Hedge End, Whiteley and Portchester. It’s pretty vibrant, a good commercial area with plenty of businesses who could use my help.’