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Recipe for success cooked up through Start & Grow
Parveen was passionate about owning her business from the very beginning – and she has the ideas, energy and enthusiasm to grow the business and guarantee its success Phil Harrison, Business Growth Advisor, Airedale Enterprise Services
With a family background in running Fish & Chip shops, it was no surprise that Parveen Akhtar was keen to own and manage her own food business.
With an existing Fish & Chip shop coming up for sale in the village of Cottingley, just a few miles from her home ‐ Parveen pledged to make every effort so the business would be hers. But with no previous start up experience, she needed help and support to make this a reality.
Parveen had an immediate challenge of negotiating the purchase of the business; with lengthy discussions with the vendor, the landlord and the solicitor.
Obtaining financial support was also crucial, in order to pay the asking price for the existing business. Tailored business advice was essential to develop a business plan.
Starting on the programme in October 2015, dedicated Business Mentor Phil Harrison provided ongoing information and advice and organised attendance at a dedicated training seminar on Business Planning. This gave Parveen a framework for her business – and added confidence too.
High Street banks were not able to provide Parveen with the level of finance needed ‐ but thanks to Start & Grow and Airedale Enterprise Services, a compelling start up loan application for £16,000 was submitted and approved.
The Chip House is now established, with support from two part time staff, but Parveen still meets with Phil Harrison regularly – to further assess and strengthen the business.
Parveen is a client of Airedale Enterprise Services, delivering business support in Yorkshire & Humber for National Enterprise Network.
Under the Start & Grow programme Parveen received 10 hours of support and 2 days training. She created 2 jobs, and leveraged £16,000 in finance for the business.