Trailrunningman- Edward’s story

For around ten or so years Edward was a distributor of running and outdoor gear to independent shops throughout the UK. He then decided he wanted to start his own business, so sold up to his business partner and went it alone. Thus Trailrunningman was born.

Trailrunningman provides people with information, help and inspiration to allow them to take on running and other challenges and to enjoy the great outdoors. This new business required a different skill set from his old work and he needed help to improve those skills.

So Edward turned to the Growth & Skills Hub for assistance.

They helped me to identify my business needs and signposted me in the direction of some solutions. One of those was the Breakthrough programme. I attended an initial two day workshop along with about 15 other businesses, which were either start-ups or in the first 12 months of trading. The workshop consisted of a mix of presentations and practical sessions working on the development of our businesses. With one facilitator per two businesses there was plenty of help and guidance available. I found the two days extremely useful.

Edward was then signed up for the follow on programme, consisting of one to one business coaching and some mentoring. The Skills Hub also played their part in helping Edward on his journey, by signposting him to some short courses on content and web writing. Whilst good at creating content for his website, he felt that he needed that extra boost.

Below Edward talks to us about how he manages a good work life balance.

I have significantly upgraded my forecasts for turnover and profit and shortened the timetable for achieving them as a result of all the help I am receiving. There is an extensive range of experience among the people involved in the programme, many of who have run, or a still running, successful businesses.


How the Growth and Skills Hub helped Trailrunningman


The Growth Hub referred Edward to our partners Breakthrough for their coaching programme.


The Skills Hub signposted Edward to some short courses on web content and writing.

Edward accessed business support with the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub. If you’re ready to take the next step with your business, click the button or call 01209 708660