Dan Gifford had the brilliant idea of offering a wholesome food café that offered food made to order in contrast to some other ‘fast food’ outlets that aren’t very healthy or nutritious. His ambition is to raise awareness to help combat obesity and offer a healthy alternative that stimulates the taste buds. IPads in the café will also encourage children to engage and learn about healthy eating and nutrition.
Securing funding for the café was one of Dan’s biggest challenges. Barclay’s Bank referred him to the Start& Grow programme as he needed business support as well as a loan. Julie Easterbrook worked with Dan on his business plan and loan application to Virgin Start Up. £25k is a significant loan so the business plan and financial forecast had to be sound but it also needs to reflect Dan’s commitment to his dream.
Nurish Café opened in June 2016 in Newport. Dan has employed one member of staff already and plans to take on another. He also has plans to open a second café in Ryde or Cowes in 2017 all being well.
Dan says: “Start & Grow offered me everything I needed to get going. It helped turn my business idea into a reality. While finding funding was a big issue, all the other support has also been a huge help in getting me to this point.”