Case study: Mother Goose

We helped Mother Goose fund the equipment they needed to expand their café

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Mother Goose were looking for funding to add a new café to their interiors retail store. From traditional shop fitting like display cabinets and EPOS systems to catering equipment like refrigerators and ovens, they needed funding to make it happen.

The owners went to their business bank to ask for the finance they needed to fund the growth. Their application was declined. This was largely because the business had carried over some historic losses into each new year, and the cumulative effect had tarnished their accounts.

Overall, this painted a negative historical picture, which the bank saw as more important than the boom in business in the most recent 18 months. The family-run company showed clear signs of a business on the up, with bank statements showing good affordability and all the characteristics of a business embarking on a period of growth.

Alternative business funding

Mother Goose approached Funding Options after they’d already been declined by their bank to see if we could help find a different solution. We spoke at length with the owners about what they wanted, and looked at a variety of possible options.

Time was of the essence — the business already had one offer from an alternative lender, but the paperwork and complications with these procedures had greatly irritated the owners.

Given their historic accounts, it was clear we'd have to approach the market to find a lender who was willing to look beyond the past, and focus on future projections and the significant security being offered.

We sourced a business loan of £200,000 to enable the works to go ahead and create a truly unique retail outlet in this old mill town in Cheshire.

After the first round of funding, Joyce and Mother Goose came back as repeat customers for additional funding — because the initial café went so well that they wanted to convert the entire premises into a café bar.

Since we helped Mother Goose find business finance, Joyce decided to sell the premises and retire — all of us at Funding Options wish her a long and happy retirement.

"Despite owning the building we were not able to raise any capital or even an overdraft through our business bankers — or any other high street bank. During yet another sleepless night, I found Funding Options on Google."

"The money was in our account within 2 weeks! Since the draw down of the loan, our Account Manager has kept in touch periodically to ensure that everything is on track. Funding Options would be my first port of call if I needed any additional finance."

— Joyce Hibell, Owner, Mother Goose

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