Roofing Director Julie scales new heights with business know how

A roofing company director is urging the industry to reach new heights by investing in training and career development. 

Julie Mirowski, of Rydale Roofing, has recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme delivered by Aston Business School. 

And she is exploring ways in which her Newcastle-under-Lyme based company’s 21-strong staff can further their own qualifications. 

“We believe in setting standards and we work with the Aspire Group to ensure our apprentices are fully trained,” explained Julie. 

“We are in discussions on how to provide career development programmes and training opportunities for our entire workforce. 

We have all seen the TV programmes about cowboy builders and I believe that investment in training is a great way to give the public peace of mind when choosing a roofing contractor.” 

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme provides high quality, structured and practically focused support to small business leaders who are seeking to grow their businesses.

Participants learn alongside other ambitious small business owners with the support of Aston Business School and mentors from the business community.

On graduation, participants are encouraged to share their knowledge and form an active Alumni network with fellow graduates, creating an advice and support network for likeminded small business owners across the UK.

Julie said: “The course is pretty tough. It involved completing around 100 hours of practical and classroom based learning and presenting my ideas to fellow participants.” 

“The quality of each module was excellent and has provided me with a wealth of information to help move the company forward and hopefully to provide more jobs for local people.” 

The Aspire Group is based in Newcastle, Staffordshire, and has a training arm, PM Training. 

Rydale Roofing is part way through a major contract to re-roof hundreds of homes owned by Aspire in the Newcastle area. 


For further information contact Nigel Howle on 07762043436, email [email protected]. 

Photo: Julie Mirowski of Rydale Roofing receives her course certificate from Professor Mark Hart of Aston University. 

Notes to Editors: 

Rydale Roofing 

Rydale Roofing was launched after Mick, a former miner, lost his job during the pit closure programme in the early 1990s. 

The company takes on any size of roofing work from a small leak in anIndividual home to major contracts and sub-contracts. 

The company recently branched out into the solar energy section, supplying and fitting photo voltaic panels on both homes and larger buildings. 

10,000 Small Businesses UK

10,000 Small Businesses UK is an initiative to unlock the growth and job creation

potential of small businesses and social enterprises across the United Kingdom through providing the resources they need to grow, including greater access to business education and business support services. It is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that a combination of education and support services best addresses the barriers to growth for small businesses.. 

The programme is based on an innovative and successful approach to supporting entrepreneurs, as developed through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative and the 10,000 Small Businesses programme launched in the United States in 2009. A programme tailored specifically for the UK market was brought to Yorkshire in 2010, the North West of England and the Midlands in 2011 and then to London in 2012. 

Programme partners include Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), Leeds University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aston University Business School and University College London Business School. 

10,000 Small Businesses UK is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.