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Emma Sheridan – Hays Travel

Emma just loves to travel – and if she can’t, she’ll arrange it for someone else! Following her studies in Travel and Tourism, Emma qualified through ABTA as an independent travel consultant and has aligned herself with Hays Travel using their products to arrange bespoke holidays. Through the Start Up scheme, she borrowed £8,000 to join the Hays group and have access to the booking software along with the necessary office equipment. Emma can often be found at events such as weddings fairs around her home town of Sheffield. “I can’t thank Rob enough for his help in getting the funding to realise my dreams” says Emma.

“Thank you for having the belief in my plans and giving me the ability to make this happen”.

Simon Havercroft

in 2017, Simon Havercroft  set up VinylFX after he was made redundant. Simon supplies graphics for van signage, building re-vamps and wrapping fro cars and the company has gone from strength to strength.  As it now employs 5 people, Simon was running out of space and faced the prospect of turning down work because he physicaly couldn't fit the vehicles in.  Not wanting to move premises, Simon took advantage of a Second Loan from Start Up Loans, to fund the building of a mezzanine floor for printing equipment thus freeing up the ground floor for more vehicle bays.  As the business had been trading for less than 2 years, he was able to access further funding. 

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Claire Slingsby – Foodfellas

Claire took an opportunity to buy an existing business which was for sale in Hull. The food trailer had a long standing pitch on close to a trading estate and regular customers. With her background in the catering industry, this was an ideal way to utilise her skills and to be able to work flexibly around family time.

“The help I received meant that I able to put together a business plan and secure a loan of £14,000” Claire said “and it has changed my life!”.

Jess Powell - Moonlight Memories

While trying to come up with an original idea to compliment her cake making business, Jess came across the idea for 'indoor glamping'.  As parent's and chilsdren are always looking for the next unique idea for parties, Jess will provide individual tents, coordinated bedding, cushion and accessories to suit any theme from mermaids, fairies and even Fortnite!  She accessed a Start Up Loan of £9500 to purchase the equipment she needed but admitted she didn't know if it was going to work.  However, within hours of launching on Facebook, she was inundated with enquiries and now has a full diary, much to her relief!  Jess is hoping to expand into providing larger teepees for hen dos and baby showers in the near future.   

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