Katy Lassen borrowed £25,500 to grow into Harbour and Tide. Harbour & Tide is a modern local beach store in Margate, offering functional, joyful, and sustainable products for seaside life. The store was launched as a pop-up in 2022 and opened its first permanent location in Margate in Spring 2023.
Katy Lassen said, “Harbour & Tide came to life during the pandemic when I realised I didn’t want to return to the London commute. Instead, I yearned for the flexibility of running my own business close to home, allowing me to mould work around my personal life. With the backing of Start Up Loans, my vision became a reality, and Harbour & Tide was born.
“Throughout this journey, I’ve discovered how well my past experiences align with entrepreneurship—an unexpected realisation. To those contemplating the leap, uncertain about their experience, I wholeheartedly encourage you: take the plunge. Your array of transferable skills might pleasantly surprise you.”