Success stories

We've already helped tens of thousands of individuals to start and grow their business. Learn how with our library of 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.

 
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Krapow Thai Restaurant

Phil enjoyed a 17-year career in the British Army. He met his Thai partner Chanisara seven years ago and that sparked their dream to open a restaurant together. Chanisara started serving her cuisine with a Thai food stall in the town’s central market and discovered that demand was high for her freshly made products. The Start Up Loan of £24,000 they secured via X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) was key to making their dream a reality.

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Moko Physiotherapy

Moko Physiotherapy, a Derbyshire based physiotherapy and sports massage clinic, has secured £30,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme, to refurbish its new premises.

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Energy Build Southwest

Construction manager Tom Weston has hit the nail on the head with a new business that specialises in green building techniques. He set up Energy Build Southwest, based in Ivybridge, Devon, after securing a £25,000 Start Up Loan the programme’s partner in the South West, SWIG Finance.

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Evelyn Ecology

Evelyn Ecology Ltd., a Manchester-based ecological consultancy, has secured a total of £12,000 through the Start Up Loans programme, delivered by GC Business Finance (GCBF) on behalf of the British Business Bank.

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Tŷ Green

An architect from Newport has started an eco-hut business, creating sustainable places and spaces for a variety of purposes following a Start Up Loan.

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Wuva

Altrincham-based Wuva, a pioneering platform committed to sustainable subscription services, has secured £50,000 of finance from the British Business Bank through Virgin Startup. The investment catapults Wuva into a new phase of expansion, poised to reshape the landscape of conscious consumerism.

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Mama Bobo Africa

A Nigerian restaurant owner has been amazed at just how popular traditional African cuisine has become with Northern Ireland diners. Mama Bobo Africa thriving after receiving support from Start Up Loans.



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Lyme bay Seafood Company

Learn how Simon Baker started their business Lyme bay Seafood Company with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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Vessel Ceramics

Learn how Jilly Russell started their business Vessel Ceramics with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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The Business of Mindfulness

Learn how Chris Hopkirk started their business The Business of Mindfulness with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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Hello Good Pie

Learn how Clare Lewis started her business Hello Good Pie with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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Turn Your Business Round

Learn how Brigitte Dove started their business Turn Your Business Round with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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The Wine Hall

Learn how Vanessa Tortella started their business The Wine Hall with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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Bliss Retreats

Learn how Joanne Jepson started their business Bliss Retreats with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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EZ Hampers

Learn how Lisa Storey started their business EZ Hampers with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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Zig and Zag Handmade

Learn how Jane Henderson Forrest started their business Zig and Zag Handmade with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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ClelandRenwick

Learn how Alison McAtamney started their business ClelandRenwick with help from a loan from Start Up Loans.

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Flowerhorn Brewery

Cardiff craft brewery blooms following second Start Up Loan. Best friends and co-founders of Flowerhorn Brewery look to expand offering.