A special day for Save the Date
The company started when the pair realised that they could pool their talents and offer the full range of events services without drawing on outside resources. While Sophie draws on her nine years of floristry experience, Julie is a designer and specialises in cake making and sugar craft.
Having succeeded in attracting £5,000 from the Prince’s Trust for help with funding their dream, they then approached Keith Crombie, Business Specialist at RBS to secure funding of £10,000. The loan was provided by RBS as part of its participation in the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme. This funding enabled them to find suitable premises with a kitchen.
“Opening the shop has really changed the dynamic of the business,” says Julie. “Previously, we were concentrating solely on ensuring our ideas were unique, designing events and fulfilling orders for clients. However, since opening, we have had to manage our time carefully to enable us to continue with the growing demand.”
The plan is to double their projected turnover of £90,000, and 2014 is already starting to fill with wedding bookings. Sophie and Julie also hope to create strong community links through their collaborations with other Edinburgh businesses. Their initial project is to raise money for Edinburgh Zoo’s panda conservation by donating £1 from each panda-themed cupcake they sell.