Success Stories



MasterChef semi-finalist Ben Crittenden and his wife Sophie received a Start-Up Loan to launch Stark restaurant in Broadstairs, Kent.


fittamamma - brighton

Alexandra McCabe is determined to help mums look and feel good. A Start-Up Loan helped her kick start her women’s sportswear business.


half man! half burger! - hastings

“Ed Sheeran made a stop to eat with us on a Monday but we were closed. After that, we started opening seven days a week.”

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salon1thirtyfour - uckfield

Craving some TLC? Emma and Amy-Lee Rudman’s vibrant beauty salon is open for business in Uckfield High Street following support from a Start-Up Loan.

creative space science cic - hastings

Simon and Melanie Davies launched a mobile planetarium business following a start-up loan. Creative Space is on a mission to inspire the next generation of space scientists.

jeavon’s toffee - newhaven

Vegan Toffee Company re-located from Brighton to Newhaven, and are looking forward to launching the World’s first Vegan Toffee Factory in the town.


The Junction - Polegate

Vibrant, family-friendly community pub, The Junction, opens in Polegate following support from a start-up loan.

The Lightshop - Eastbourne

With over thirty years of experience, Jason Daniel saw an opportunity to open up Eastbourne’s first independent premier lighting shop in the centre of Eastbourne.