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Knutsford business selected to represent UK start ups at Houses of Parliament event

  • Knutsford business-owner has been handpicked by the Government-backed Start Up Loans Company as one of six ambassadors 
  • Business to attend launch event at Houses of Parliament on 8th June
  • Start Up Loans has delivered almost £27million to North West business’ bringing its lending total to more than £210million in the country

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A business-owner from Knutsford has been chosen to represent successful UK start ups by the Government backed Start Up Loans Company (SULCo) with the launch of its Ambassador Programme.

Stewart Hilton, founder of creative agency Zeal Creative, is one of six start ups that will be showcased as one of the top success stories and inspiring businesses. The business will be honoured at a dedicated launch reception on 8th June, at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The Westminster reception will begin with a panel discussion chaired by Start Up Loans Company’s CEO Tim Sawyer. Tim will be joined by senior Ministers, who helped launch SULCo in 2012, alongside local MP’s and representatives from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Stewart originally started Zeal Creative in 2014 with the support of a £10,000 Government-backed Start Up Loan. Last year, the business hit £1.8m turnover and this looks set to increase by 100% in the next 12 months. It currently has 18 employees, five of which are recent university graduates. Zeal Creative boasts an impressive client list having produced high profile creative campaigns for some of the UK’s biggest consumer brands including: ASDA, Aunt Bessie’s, John West, Kellog’s, PZ Cussons and Nestlé.

Start Up Loans ambassadors Stewart Hilton and Mark Taylor meeting Lord Young at Westminster

Stewart Hilton, founder of Zeal Creative, said:

“Support from the Start Up Loans Company was essential in enabling Zeal Creative to launch and since then we have grown from strength to strength. It’s an honour to be recognised as a standout business by an initiative that helps so many innovative and hardworking people make their dreams a reality. Through my role as ambassador I’ll be working to encourage start up business owners to bear in mind that there are a range of funding options out there to support them at every stage of their growth journey, even if they’re already set up.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, MP for Tatton, said:

“Zeal Creative is a real local success story and entrepreneurs like Stewart are the lifeblood of the Northern Powerhouse. It’s very encouraging that the Start Up Loans programme the Government launched is helping people like him. I am so pleased that in return he will be helping fledgling businesses across the UK and using his experiences to encourage more creative people with great ideas to set up their own businesses.”

Tim Sawyer, CEO of Start Up Loans Company, said:

“The launch of our Ambassador Programme is an opportunity to pay tribute to those entrepreneurial individuals who have taken the steps to launch their own businesses. Starting out on your own is no mean feat, but businesses like Zeal Creative are proof that it can be done. What budding business owners in the UK need to remember is there are multiple support networks out there to make it a far less daunting experience, and provide the guidance and support necessary to help you make your start up goals a reality.”