A Halifax manufacturer secured eight contracts within the first four days of trading following support from a trio of business and finance support agencies.
Performance Glass, which manufactures fire-resistance rated glass sheets, has hired two staff members and secured £250,000 of new business thanks to funding from the regional Business Enterprise Fund.
Director Steve Wilson said: “The banks refused to lend me the start-up funding but did say that when my business plan was more developed I would be eligible.
“It was a bit of a chicken and egg situation so I needed support for what to do next.”
Steve attended a business start-up workshop to help his advancement and met independent business adviser Jim Purcell from JP Business Solutions.
He helped Steve craft a thorough business plan and referred him to the Business Enterprise Fund for funding.
Within days of making contact a £30,000 loan was approved, helping to secure premises for the company in Pellon Lane, Halifax, new equipment and two new members of staff.
Steve added: “After being initially turned down by some banks, the level of support we receive now is fantastic.
“I went to Santander and they have been great for setting me up with the appropriate account and finance facilities.
“With my business plan in place, I’m looking forward to the future.”