Wiltshire business woman graduates from prestigious business academy

By Anita Jaynes on 22 January, 2018

Debbie Williams, co-founder of one of Wiltshire’s most successful heating and plumbing companies, has graduated from the national prestigious Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme.

Debbie was one of select number of  entrepreneurs chosen to take part in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme last year. The programme is designed to help ambitious businesses to scale up and grow – participants must be running or have a senior role in businesses with a turnover of at least £250,000 to apply.

The programme provides high-quality practical education tailored to the needs of business leaders. It offers over 100 hours of teaching designed by leading experts and delivered by the Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford, Aston University and the University of Leeds. For those who qualify and pass the interview process,  the course is fully funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Debbie said: “Goldman Sachs gave me the opportunity to work on our business instead of in it.

“I had access to highly skilled and knowledgeable tutors who have given me invaluable help and advice in improving our processes, HR, leadership, finance and scaling our business.

“My cohort of fellow businessmen and women have become real friends (all 35 of us!), and have given me a virtual non-exec board to bounce ideas off and find support.”

She has now become part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni – which offers a worldwide network of business support and advice.

“I would highly recommend this programme to any ambitious business owner. It’s intense, it’s hard work and it’s challenging but it’s also transformational,” Debbie said.

Debbie Williams set up John Williams Heating Services Ltd with her husband John  and today they run a team of office staff and engineers working all over Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.

The company offers a range of services including boiler installations, servicing, underfloor heating, bathroom installations, plumbing and Aga and Rayburn servicing and repairs as well as installations of woodburning stoves.

The company is a Worcester accredited installer and is a member of Oftec, the trade association monitoring best practice in oil heating installation and repair. They are based on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham. For more details visit www.jwheating.co.uk

Debbie Williams, co-founder of John Williams Heating