Case Studies

Eastern Hero brings Kung Fu to life in Hastings

by Christie Bristow-Diamond | Category | Apr 09, 2015

The Asian film market has exploded in recent years, leading one Kung Fu specialist and long-time enthusiast to reignite his business.

Ricky Baker worked in the Hong Kong cinema industry during the 80’s and 90’s where he created his own fanzine, held events and eventually created his own label and opened a shop in Shaftesbury Avenue, in the West End of London.

Eastern Hero’s is a publishing company based in Hastings, creating Kung Fu magazines as well as selling DVDs and film memorabilia to the burgeoning collectors market.

In early 2013 Ricky decided to start-up his business again, after reconnecting with old colleagues, followers and Asian Film fans over Facebook.

Ricky approached the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) for support through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme and then successfully applied for a Start Up Loan (SUL) of £7,500.

Ricky explained:

“The Start Up Loan scheme enabled me to buy stock, publish and launch the magazine, as well as allow me to expand the business.

It was a great experience for me and now everything is turning into fruition.”

After a very successful magazine launch at the O2 in London, at the Seni Combat Exhibition during September 2014 Eastern Hero’s has exciting plans ahead.

Recently launched, KungFu-Bay.com provides everything a Kung Fu film fan and collector could want, Ricky has a book in the pipeline as well as plans afoot to publish a second magazine, move into office space in Hastings and potentially take on a member of staff.

The SUL scheme helps new and young start-ups to get off the ground with access to an affordable loan and mentor support. LDBG have helped more than 500 businesses through loans totalling in excess of £3 million, creating and sustaining just under 1000 jobs.

Chief Executive of LDBG, Graham Marley commented:

“The Start Up Loan scheme is a great initiative and is making start-up finance and mentoring support accessible to new ventures. It’s fantastic to see so many, like Eastern Hero’s flourishing.”

If you, like Ricky have a passion that you want to turn into a business, visit www.LetsStartUp.couk to find out how a Start Up Loan could help you. Speak to the team on 0844 943 2988 or email loans@ldbgroup.co.uk and follow @ldbstartup.

For more information about Eastern Hero’s visit their online shop www.kungfu-bay.com and follow @easternheros1.

 

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