As any young business knows, securing start-up investment is no easy task, especially in a ‘money scoffing’ sector like FMCG food & drink. I like many start-ups hold down a normal 9-5 job in tandem with my food adventure and will do so until K’s Wors can fully support myself and my family.
My quest for funding, initially a source of mild stress and heartburn, has curiously turned into a positive success story for our brand.
For one thing I’m part of Nat West’s 2018/19 intake at their Manchester Entrepreneur Accelerator scheme, a fantastic grass-roots initiative that enables you to meet, talk to and learn off ‘kindred spirits’ paddling in exactly the same boat as you. I have also been lucky enough to align myself with the Fredericks Foundation, a new age ethical lender, who made a bold decision based on his own ‘starting out’ experiences to help ambitious start-ups secure their first all-important leg-ups.
More exciting still is the small matter of the BBC including us in an early 2019 documentary that shines a light on the soul-destroying hoops a small business has to jump through to secure even basic funding from a reticent banking sector.