Lisa Smith – Pink Potato Pod
After a lengthy career as a nursery nurse and then in hospitality, Lisa decided to indulge her passion for potatoes by buying a customised “caterpod” using an £18,000 loan from the Start Up Loan scheme. She noticed there was a lack of healthy, fast food options at events that she had attended and realised the gap in the market could be filled with the humble spud! Lisa now has a regular pitch at local markets and takes her Pink Potato Pod to events and trading estates around the Lincolnshire area. Lisa told us that
“without the help and support from Chamber Acorn Fund, I wouldn’t have my successful catering business”.
Jessica Wilkinson – E B Equine Transport
With a lifetime of owning and competing horses, plus extensive experience transporting them, Jessica set up in partnership with her dad and purchased her own lorry using £25,000 from the Start Up scheme. Although based in East Yorkshire, she travels the length of the country taking her equine passengers to shows, the vets or their new homes. (Pictured with her Business Advisor, Heather McIntyre, left). According to Jessica
“we have an amazing, successful business thanks to the Chamber Acorn Fund. Heather helped us from start to finish and everyone at Acorn was so friendly”.
Emma Sheridan – Hays Travel
Emma just loves to travel – and if she can’t, she’ll arrange it for someone else! Following her studies in Travel and Tourism, Emma qualified through ABTA as an independent travel consultant and has aligned herself with Hays Travel using their products to arrange bespoke holidays. Through the Start Up scheme, she borrowed £8,000 to join the Hays group and have access to the booking software along with the necessary office equipment. Emma can often be found at events such as weddings fairs around her home town of Sheffield.
“I can’t thank Rob enough for his help in getting the funding to realise my dreams” says Emma
“Thank you for having the belief in my plans and giving me the ability to make this happen”.
Vinyl FX was established by Simon and his wife, Natasha, in 2017 when he was made redundant at which time he made the decision to set up on his own. Simon supplies graphics for building signage and cars and frequently re-wraps his wife’s car in different colours “because he can!”. His company has gone from strength to strength now employing 5 people and winning contracts for both local and national companies. Simon used his £25,000 loan to secure premises and purchase printing equipment.
Claire Slingsby – Foodfellas
Claire took an opportunity to buy an existing business which was for sale in Hull. The food trailer had a long standing pitch on close to a trading estate and regular customers. With her background in the catering industry, this was an ideal way to utilise her skills and to be able to work flexibly around family time.
“The help I received meant that I able to put together a business plan and secure a loan of £14,000” Claire said “and it has changed my life!”.