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Lupe’s Cantina brings the Mexican experience to Leeds
The one to one impartial advice and sounding board offered by the advisor was an invaluable resource Rudy Garcia, Co-owner and Head Chef
Born and raised in Veracruz in Mexico, Rudy Garcia had been a part of the family food business since childhood.
Together with his wife Tansy they identified an opportunity in Leeds to open a small family-run restaurant serving traditional family recipes. Lupe’s Cantina Mexicana opened in February 2016 thanks to the dedicated support of business adviser Haroon Qammar at the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
Rudy and Tansy were facing several challenges when they turned to the Chamber for help. Specifically they needed support to progress their business idea and to raise finance. Having never prepared a business plan before, they were daunted and nervous about making an approach for finance. Delays in securing the premises also strained their finances. Thanks to the writing of a solid business plan, a loan of £15,000 was secured from the StartUp Loans Company.
The relationship they had formed with Haroon helped to instil them with confidence, whilst the planning process ensured their ideas were robust and risks were reduced. The support that Rudy and Tansy have received from the start of their journey has helped them to create an ambitious vision for their business.
During the first year they are focused on securing their position, gaining a reputation for high quality food and good service, and extending the menu. Beyond this they have plans to expand the operation to other retail locations with this first restaurant acting as a springboard to other sites up and down the country.
Rudy Garcia is a client of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of National Enterprise Network delivering business support in Yorkshire and Humber.
Under the Start & Grow programme Rudy received 14 hours of advice and has raised £15,000 finance to invest into the business. Seven jobs have also been created.