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Body Stress Release (BSR) is an alternative healthcare company, focusing on the relief of stress through complimentary healthcare, working alongside conventional medicine. The Cheshire based business is managed by healthcare practitioner Nichola Friel.

The synergy with conventional medical healthcare is essential to Nichola’s business which does not diagnose, treat or advise on medical conditions. The objective of Body Stress Release is to provide expertise in relieving stored tension for clients with outstanding medical conditions who experience discomfort associated with their health issues. Body Stress Release has a very positive relationship with health services and healthcare professionals. Over the years, many medical practitioners including GPs, surgeons and paediatricians, as well as physiotherapists, fitness coaches and psychologists have signposted their patients to BSR.

Nichola ran a successful practice in South Africa before moving to Cheshire in 2017. She realised that she would need to develop a strong online platform in order to attract further business so in 2019 Nichola was sign posted to the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme by the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub after she had visited them asking for support and advice on establishing an online presence for her business.  Aspects such as content marketing and social media were areas that Nichola highlighted she needed to improve to showcase her business online. As well as understanding the need for informative and interesting content shared on a website and through social media, Nichola was keen to have a space that would allow her to share the testimonials from customers i.e. the word of mouth. By signing up to the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme, Nichola also realised the importance of the business networking opportunities that would become available. It offers a safe and friendly space in which businesses can interact, share best practice and make useful business connections.

Nichola attended a series of workshops and masterclasses at the University of Chester’s Riverside Innovation Centre and the Warrington campus as well as several networking events.

“I went to various sessions including Content Marketing & Social Media, Digital Marketing and LinkedIn to name a few! I found all events very informative and was able to structure learnt information into my business. My experience of the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme has most definitely been positive. I have learnt a lot, met some great people and have seen an influx of online engagement which is exactly what I was looking to achieve”.

The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Entrepreneurs, SMEs and pre-start businesses registered or trading in Cheshire and Warrington, who met the eligibility criteria, can apply for support. In addition to a team of Business Development Managers, businesses that enrol have access to facilities at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park, Riverside Innovation Centre and the NoWFOOD Centre.

If you are a business looking for access to facilities and expert growth support, please contact the University of Chester’s Business Growth team by emailing