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Christine Thomasson, Rivington Chocolates

Christine Thomasson from Horwich, near Bolton, Lancashire was supported by Bolton Business Ventures.
Christine was inspired to start her own business making hand crafted artisan chocolates whilst visiting a similar small business in Ireland. Following this visit she received the gift of a place on a course to learn how to make hand crafted chocolate at Slattery’s in Bury.

With £3291 of her own to invest, Christine approached BBV and attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business event in September 2014, receiving 8 hours of 1-1 support.

The business was soon up-and-running making freshly prepared, hand crafted chocolates with, where possible, local produce with some unique flavours: local beers, local honeycomb aswell as some more unusual combinations such as orange curd and Cointreau.

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Sebastian Cranston, Cranston’s Fine Ales

Sebastian Cranston from Ramsbottom, Lancashire was supported by Bolton Business Ventures.
Redundancy was the trigger that led Sebastian to start-up his own business. Deciding that the time was right to take charge of his own destiny, he launched Cranston’s Fine Ales with the help of Bolton Business Ventures.
Sebastian attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop in July 2013 and subsequently received 18 hours of 1-1 support. He had his own investment of £3400 received an initial loan of £7500 from BFNW and created 3 jobs. Due to the growth of the business he was successful in raising a further £15,000 of investment in February 2015.

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Georgina Garner, Georgie Porgie’s Network Nurseries Ltd

Georgina Garner from Moston, Manchester was supported by Bolton Business Ventures.
She was driven to start up her own business by a desire to help single parents from disadvantaged communities get back into work by providing affordable day care for their children.

Hearing about the programme via the internet, Georgina attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop in June 2013 and subsequently received 19.5 hours of 1-1 support. Alongside her own initial investment of £31,000 she received a loan from Business Finance North West of £35,000.

She purchased a trading property in November 2013 and opened for business in February 2015.
There was no similar existing provision available in the area and long waiting lists for that which did exist. Georgie Porgie’s was targeted at this void and primarily providing a service in the local area to meet parents’ needs.

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Hakan Bayram, Moda Hair and Beauty

Hakan Bayram from Bolton, Lancashire was supported by Bolton Business Ventures.
He had always wanted to start his own hair and beauty business and he believed Bolton was the ideal location.

Following a recommendation, Hakan approached BBV and attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop and subsequently received 12 hours of 1-1 support. Alongside his own initial investment of £30,000 he received a Town Centre Grant of £19,983 and Moda Hair & Beauty was set up in November 2014.

Hakan believed that price, convenience, guarantees and quality of service would make then different to their competitors. Moda has become successful and Hakan’s passion to create an outstanding customer care experience has been key to success. The choice of a central business location and development of an extensive range of services, providing clients with convenience and a quality service has seen the salon successfully build a large and growing clientele.

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Sam Holden, Goalz Centre of Excellence Ltd

Sam Holden from Bolton, Lancashire was supported by Bolton Business Ventures.
With past career experience in football Sam decided he wanted to set up his own business delivering a high standard of coaching that would make a difference to children’s lives.

Sam attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop and subsequently received 15 hours of 1-1 support. He was successful with an application to Virgin Start Up for a loan of £45,000.

Goalz Centre of Excellence was launched in July 2014, aiming to bridge the gap between grassroots and elite football.

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Zara Neild, Zara Cakes

Zara Nield from Manchester was supported by Bolton Business Ventures.
She had always had a passion for baking and decided to start her own business doing what she loved. Being highly creative but knowing nothing about business she decided to approach BBV.

Zara attended a Barclays Get Ready For Business workshop and subsequently received 22 hours of 1-1 support. Alongside her own initial investment of £17,200 she received a Virgin Start Up loan of £9,000.
Zara Cakes was launched in August 2013 creating bespoke cakes for all occasion using only the finest ingredients.

To capitalise on the reaction she was getting to the cakes Zara began to offer cupcake workshops and also kids parties.

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