LIFE is all go for new dad Tim Ward.
The 28-year-old entrepreneur is running his won firm called TWard Business Developments from his home in the Park Road area of Hartlepool.
He and his wife Catie, also 28, are parents to five-month-old Evelyn, and now Tim hopes to add to an eventful year by winning the Keys To Success competition run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with UK Steel Enterprise.
He said: “I am getting busier and busier. The idea of starting up a business was to spend more time at home and getting a better work/home life balance than I was when I was working for other companies.”
His company is a specialist bid writing, tender and research service. He explained: “I support companies to prepare for and win contracts to grow their business through winning contracts to deliver services.
“I am passionate about the local economy and supporting businesses in the North-East to grow.
“I have worked across sectors such as education, training, skills, apprenticeships, electrical, roofing, domiciliary care, engineering, design and print.”
Tim already has ambitious plans. He wants to take on staff such as a marketing advisor, trainee bid writers and a researcher.
He said: “The company currently operates from my home office but as our growth plans are achieved, office space will be vital to support the continual growth of the business over the next few exciting years.”
The eventual winner will move into a 200 sq ft office which is rent and rate free for a year and can comfortably accommodate three people. The office is in the Hub Two building at the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool.
Facilities include one of the fastest Internet connections in the region; a water system that re-uses collected rainwater; and a charger for electric vehicles in the car park. It also has air conditioning; a manned reception and waiting area; free parking; 24 hour access; high security; well-equipped meeting rooms; a kitchen, gym and chill-out room; and attractive landscaped grounds.
The deadline for entries has now passed and a shortlist of firms to go through to a final judging day will be drawn up.
From that shortlist, the eventual Keys To Success winner will be chosen.