Glenn aims to make a statement with shop

Credit; Ian McClelland Photography.
Credit; Ian McClelland Photography.

A former logistic is hoping he has bagged a winning business idea after opening a store in Blyth.

Glenn Greenall has opened Statement Fashion and Accessories in Blyth’s Keel Row centre and already has plans to expand across the region.

The 32-year-old had moved to the north east to be near his wife’s family but found his permanent contract become a seasonal position, so decided to go take the plunge into the business world.

After approaching Barclays Bank for help, he was put in touch with Ready for Business and met TEDCO business adviser Bill Hartshorne, who helped draw up a business plan.

Glenn said: “I knew I could make the business work but required working capital to get started.

“In the end I opted to borrow the money from a relative, but the help and support I received from Bill was invaluable as he not only cemented my own belief in my idea but helped me to fine tune my business plan.

“Within weeks of trading I have managed to repay my loan and I am pretty confident that my plans to roll out the shop concept to other towns in the region will come to fruition.”

Bill added: “Glenn is one of those people who you meet and you just know they have the determination to succeed.

“He is really driven and has a great eye for business but more importantly really understands his market and what his customer wants so I am confident that we will see Statement Fashion and Accessories shops in other towns soon and with new funding channels soon to be introduced we may be able to help him access a micro loan to help him achieve his plans.”

Ready for Business runs regular workshops for people looking to set up their own ventures. For more information contact Bill Hartshorne on 07803 627092 or email bhartshorne@tedco.org