Six months from kitchen table firm to bright business

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AN innovation firm has been spending the past six weeks growing from a home-run company into a successful small business.

Senical both creates and brings new products to market, especially those with a focus on environmental technology.

It also helps other businesses bring their ideas to the marketplace.

When the team initially set up the business, they were running it around their day-to-day lives and full-time jobs.

They crammed around kitchen tables and sheltered in sheds at all hours to get the business up and running.

However, it soon became clear that they had a budding business that would support them if they gave up their old jobs.

They then got in touch with the Challenge Enterprise Centre in Hilsea, one of three centres run by Portsmouth City Council to help small businesses start up.

Steven Nicoll, marketing director at Senical, said: ‘We decided to use the Challenge Enterprise Centre for our office because it’s in the ideal location, with great transport links, excellent local facilities and real credibility.

‘Our customer and suppliers benefit from the fact that we’re literally two minutes from the M27, and just five minutes from Hilsea train station.

‘We’re really glad we decided to use the enterprise centre, they have been absolutely fantastic in their support of our business and have provided some excellent advice and information, lots of which we were able to put to good use.’

Senical is working with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, as well as being part of Thames Valley Vision, which is looking to improve the future of supply and distribution networks in the UK.

Alan Cufley, head of community housing and regeneration at the council, said: ‘We’re really pleased for Senical and the success they have already achieved.

‘It’s a great example of how our Portsmouth Enterprise Centres can help a business make that transition from being home based so it can successfully expand.

‘It is also good that we can help a company like Senical because environmental technology is a key growth sector for the economy of Portsmouth and the wider Solent region.’