Hear from Vanisha Patel who approached the Business Gateway growth hub looking for advice and support for her new business.

A Gateway adviser helped her with a business and marketing plan and gave her long-term stability for her venture


Hi my name is Vanisha and my business is Vanisha Patel Helping You In Your Business.

I offer virtual support to businesses with social media. I produce content, manage their platforms and I do 1:1 training, mostly with Facebook and Instagram

In July 2016 I left my full-time job to start my own business but I soon found that I had no sense of direction or structure to my business at all. I was really lost and I just needed a bit of guidance with what to do.

In November I went along to an event at the Leicester Tigers’ Stadium that was part of Leicester Business Festival and came across the Business Gateway. They told me about the support that was available and I requested to meet with a business adviser.

When I met my adviser, Aruna, she was fantastic because she made me think about things I hadn’t thought about before. I had to work through things like my business plan, marketing plan, SWOT analysis and it’s helped my business growth a lot over the years.

She gave me action points to work on and since then my business has grown organically through word of mouth and referrals, so I’ve had no advertising at all, and I’ve now got clients from all over the UK. I also have long term security in my business because I have that structure in place.

I’d recommend the Business Gateway to anyone because there are so many resources and tools available, you can attend workshops, go networking and access other support. For anyone at any stage in their business, having an adviser and their support is really, really helpful to give you that structure and guidance that you might need.

Having an adviser has been amazing for my business and I’m really pleased with the results so far. Thank you.