How we've helped On Target Games
Hitting the mark is important when you’re in the paintball business.
I would recommend Growth & Skills Hub to any business, without a doubt. Even if you’re already an established business but you have skills or areas that you want to work through, Growth & Skills Hub can help you keep going and develop as a business
How we helped
Antony Ledger and Amanda FitzRoy, owners of On Target Games, set up their first paintball site in Callington five years ago before opening a second venue in Newquay in 2020.
The couple contacted Growth & Skills Hub after the bookings came flooding in and they needed to consolidate their business know-how, including managing their accounts and marketing.
“There’s so much to running a business that you don’t always realise until you’ve experienced it,” said Amanda, who worked as a freelance writer before she met Antony and they set up On Target Games. “There are so many different things you have to think about and sometimes you need a background in marketing and accounts and you don’t have that.
“Places like Growth & Skills Hub really help to say this is what we think you need help with and this is where we can find that help for you.”
Growth & Skills Hub directed the couple to a series of courses they could enrol on to boost their business skills and get help with understanding key areas, such as accounting and bookkeeping, as well as advertising and branding.
Antony and Amanda have also been given practical support with accessing first aid courses and organising a chainsaw certificate to allow them to maintain their woodland-based paintball site in Newquay.
The couple agree that the help they have received has given them the knowledge they need to push their business forward and allowed them to focus on the right areas.
“Growth & Skills Hub has also helped us to feel a bit more confident that we are doing well and we know what we’re doing – we are improving,” said Amanda, stressing the importance of having expert advice at the end of a phone. “Growth & Skills Hub has given us a personal touch.”
Anthony said he’s been on business courses before where you go along and learn but are then left to your own devices.
“You’re kind of let go,” he said. “There’s no follow up, whereas with Growth & Skills Hub, you’ve got the person in the office that you can call up and they check on you and ask if there’s anything more they can do to help.
“That’s been one of the main benefits for us, just having that connection with the office.”
On Target Games’ two sites are very different but each offer people the chance to get together and have fun.
The original Callington site is in an old quarry and has an urban feel, while the Newquay venue is in a woodland. It has several vehicles added into the ‘game zones’, including a helicopter and plane.
Paintballing packages on offer include classic attack games, team elimination, convoy, capture the flag and more. Players can use the very best equipment available.
Antony and Amanda want to build on their success by adding airsoft games, as well as laser tag combat and even axe throwing.
“I would recommend Growth & Skills Hub to any business, without a doubt,” said Amanda. “Even if you’re already an established business but you have skills or areas that you want to work through, Growth & Skills Hub can help you keep going and develop as a business.”
“Not only has Growth & Skills Hub helped us to fund help and guidance, it’s also helped us to feel a bit more confident within ourselves.”
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub from May 2016 - June 2023 was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and match funded by Cornwall Council, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. The project received £2,848,591.49 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub from October 2017 - June 2023 was part funded by the European Social Fund and match funded by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. The project received £2,885,993 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.