Success Stories

We've already helped tens of thousands of individuals to start and grow their business. Read on for the full story on some of our most inspiring loan recipients: why they became their own boss, the challenges they faced and overcame along the way and how a Start Up Loan helped them to achieve their dreams.

Baked In

Baked In was started by Joe who was later joined in the business by his brother Patrick. Their mission is to bring baking to the masses with an...
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Berry’s Bakery

Robert D’Orville received a Start Up Loan of £25,000 in March 2015, enabling him to take ownership of Berry’s Bakery in Preston, Lancashire. When...
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Health & Food

Katerina Pavlakis had a background in both running her own business and working in London. When she and her husband, Colin Bass, moved to rural...
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Dalston Cola

Founded by Duncan O’Brien, Dalston Cola was established in response to a request from an organisation to make a cola that was not Coca Cola. With...
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Melt Aberdeen

Inspired by the London foodie scene, Mechelle’s recent redundancy spurred her on to launch her own business, Melt Aberdeen. Melt Aberdeen has...
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40 St Pauls

Amanjot Johal was struck by the quality of bars he found in the capital as he set up a bar for another company in 2011. Great cocktails were...
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Poptata

The Poptata story began in May 2015 with a temporary gazebo set up at London’s Portobello Road market over the weekend. Marco and Luca wanted to...
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Chilli Tuk Tuk

Discover Chilli Tuk Tuk, an Indian takeaway and delivery service based in North London with a difference. There are simple choices on the menu,...
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Panama Joe’s

Joe Davis, 59, started his restaurant Panama Joe’s in 2016. He now employs two other members of staff and has a projected turnover of £156,000...
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