Francis Harwood, founder of Limitless is a Start Up Loans recipient. Francis took out his first loan of £10,000 via Let’s Do Business group when he was 23 years old. He took out a second loan of £5,000 in October 2023, when he was 24 years old.

Limitless, based in London, is a technology recruitment agency, servicing the UK and USA technology markets, with a specialism in growing software engineering and product teams for tech start-ups and established technology companies. Francis opted for full-time work over higher education and left school at aged 16 to pursue a career in recruitment, before launching his own venture.

“Having left school at 18, I started my career in recruitment, working at three successful firms, gaining proficient exposure and experience in managing a team and learning the ins and outs of recruitment. In 2022, I felt the time was right and armed with my experience and relationships within my market, I decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship and start Limitless.

“It’s been an amazing 18 months since I first started the business and our success has been remarkable, having worked with multiple household names exclusively to innovative start-ups impacting the world we live in today. As a business, we are expanding internally, with growth objectives in 2024 along with our business territories in Europe and the US with plans to scale our presence in both Amsterdam and Miami with offices in the near distant future.

“Without the starting loan from Start Up Loans I wouldn’t have been able to grow the business as quickly as where it is today, it allowed me to invest in crucial technology from day one and allow further run rate to kick start us at the beginning while waiting for new business invoices to be paid. The growth loans offered by the Bank have been really transformative and along with the interest rate it’s what inevitably drew me to the scheme over other providers.

“My advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is simple: make sure you love what you do! Embrace the small wins daily, stay relentlessly optimistic, and with failures embrace them as key learns”.

Published on 27 February 2024

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