Having launched the company in 2016, we had certainly cut our teeth in understanding the world of raising start up and growth finance. A route that was often challenging for a young and growing business. It was very important to us that we maintained full ownership as a family business because our ethos on work, customer service, staff and the business in general is built on family values. We knew it was paramount to our future success that we maintained that ethos and so sought funding routes that would allow us to grow in our way. In fact, we were the first company in Cheshire to benefit from the Northern Powerhouse Program. something that we are proud of to this day.
As a result of our experiences and the people and contacts we met on that journey, Charlie was asked to be a guest speaker at a Cheshire business event on this very subject. He hadn’t realised that this meant speaking on stage for 25 mins to a packed auditorium of over 150 people ! He said that it was quite daunting at first, but once he got in to his stride, he loved it and was really pleased to tell the story and help others understand more about the options open beyond traditional bank funding routes.