Local Croxteth man Yoane Belami has kicked off the New Year by starting up his own new business, Mr Luxe Collections.

Yoane first approached Alt Valley Community Trust in September last year about the possibility of helping him put his Business Plan together with a view to submitting a Start Up Loan application to the Start Up Loan Company.

Mr Luxe Collections will be specialising in the online sale of designer fashion products and accessories – eg shoes, clothes, wallets, time-pieces etc – using social media and sophisticated online marketing techniques via the “dropshipping” model.

Through a combination of specific workshops which covered the Start Up process, digital marketing, Business Planning and Selling Techniques, as well as through bespoke one-to-one sessions, the Advisors at Alt Valley Trust have helped Yoane with his successful application for the necessary Start Up Loan funding, via Start Up Direct.

Alt Valley Trust are one of the delivery Partners of the Enterprise Hub Business Start Up programme covering the whole Liverpool City Region.

Yoane praises the contribution of the Alt Valley Business Support Team:

“I’ve had my business idea for a while now and had already started putting a business plan together; but I admit I was struggling to get it into a shape which was realistic and ready for the start up funding I needed.

“From the moment I registered my interest with the Alt Valley team I have found them to be a really useful source of all the information I needed to put together a viable Business Plan and associated cash flow forecast. The Start Up Loan Company needed both of those in order to assess whether they would lend me the start-up funds.

The workshops they run are really good and very down to earth and practical; and there’s always an Advisor on hand if I need to query something.”

Alt Valley Business Advisors Ian Marshall and John Mathias worked with Yoane. Ian adds:

“ It’s great to see local people like Yoane bringing his business idea to fruition; his was the perfect example of needing to modify his Business Plan and Cash Flow forecast to reflect his own circumstances, resulting in a successful Start Up Loan application. In addition we were able to provide as much knowledge and information as he needed in order to ensure his business gets off to a great start.”

The Enterprise Hub Business Start Up programme runs until the end of 2018 and people thinking about starting up on their own or forming a company can access a huge range of start up support designed to give their business the best possible chance of success.