Who We Are

Business Starts is an Independent Consultancy providing business start up finance including government-backed start-up loans and general business finance. We are based in North Yorkshire and cover the whole of the UK.

Business Starts was established in 2016 and is run by Andrew and Helena Wattsford.

Andrew Wattsford
Principal Start-Up Finance Specialist

Our Principal Partner, Andrew Wattsford, has over 30 years of business and financial experience with a career spanning sales, contract management and business consultancy where he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that is of real value to his clients. Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a Post Graduate in Management, a PRINCE2® Practitioner (Project Management) and SFEDI Accredited (Business Coaching).

Andrew has a wide range of interests and lives in Darlington with his wife and two sons. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, travel and spending time with his family.

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Helena Wattsford
Operations Manager

Helena Wattsford is a qualified Teacher having gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is an Advanced English Skills Teacher. Before going into teaching Helena gained a B.A. in Business Administration specialising in International Business and worked for Procter and Gamble for several years before following the family calling and going into teaching.

Helena has a wide range of interests and lives in Darlington with her husband and sons. In her free time she enjoys meeting friends, shopping and spending time with her family.

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