THANKS to help from the Asian Business Federation and Business Link, a Nelson businessman is now on line.

Mohammed Arshad, of Star Electrical and Plumbing Supplies, in Manchester Road, took part in an action for business course run by Kingfisher on behalf of Business Link.

He said: "I had no idea what to do or who to ask, until the Asian Business Federation came on the scene.

"Now I have a website created with Business Link assistance. I am also attending the action for business development course for small businesses and making plans for expansion of my business."

Mohammed's shop, which supplies trade and the public is still in its first year, but already he has expanded to sell plumbing materials over the Internet. He is now planning to introduce a maintenance service.

He added: "I've received the business knowledge and gained the confidence to know how to maximise the opportunities that exist and expand my business."