CS Circuit Design

Business Support Case Study

Caleb Smyth - CS Circuit Design

Meet the new businesses supported by Ards Business Hub: CS Circuit Design


Caleb Smyth, a highly trained and experienced electronics expert who has been designing circuit boards since 1997, set up his own company CS Circuit Design in January 2021. Caleb works on everything from basic circuit boards to very intricate microprocessors.


Most of his work is with start-up companies in Northern Ireland’s burgeoning high tech industry, producing prototype electronic parts that his clients can use to demonstrate viability to would-be investors. However, because of the quality of his work, he has also been commissioned to work on finished products.


Caleb possessed all the technical skills to run a thriving company but decided to build on his business skills. He was familiar with Ards Business Hub and knew some of the staff so he turned to them for mentoring and support. “I enjoy learning new skills and believe in networking and talking to people so the staff at Sketrick House were the ideal people to help me take my business idea further. The CEO, Nichola Lockhart, suggested I do the 6 Steps to Success in Business Course,” he said.


The course consists of six free workshops covering topics such as personal development, market research, marketing, financial planning, legal aspects and business planning.


What he said about the business start programme at Ards Business Hub:


“The course at Ards Business Hub was very good and opened my eyes to the complexities of running a business. I am still learning but this course set me on the right path, showing me the aspects I needed to know, such as cash flow, the legalities, how to acquire the right company insurance. It was really practical.


“I would highly recommend anyone looking for business support and advice to approach the people at Ards Business Hub. They are very skilled in what they do and go out of their way to support you at every stage of development.


“The business is going very well and I am very grateful to everyone at Sketrick House for helping me out.”


What we say:


Ards Business Hub Chief Executive, Nichola Lockhart said: “Caleb is a very skilled technician and when I heard that he was looking to set up his own business, I thought we could help. He is working in an area of business that is booming in Northern Ireland and it is fantastic to see him using his experience to contribute to innovative products and new ideas.”


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