Case Studies

Read how we’ve helped get small business off the ground and launched into successful ventures with our collection of case studies below.

Mari Hughes

Mari is a Mum who combines looking after her family with a successful cake baking business based in Caernarfon called Sbwnj. Her Mum was a great cook and was the inspiration behind what she does. They always said they would make a business together. For years, Mari learned from and enjoyed …

Ruth Hancock

Ruth is from Rumney in Cardiff and was a working Mum until a serious bout of anxiety coupled with OCD meant that she had to give up work. As she was recovering she decided that she wanted to start working again but in a way which would accommodate her illness …

Julie Hawkins

Julie approached Purple Shoots lending when she was based in Monmouth in 2018. She had already spent a number of difficult years trying to build her business alongside being a single parent, completing a law degree and working part-time in low paid roles.  Julie had a strong career history before becoming …

Laura Shannon Harding

Laura Shannon Harding’s fashion label brings festival culture to the fashion runway. The 21-year-old Leeds Arts University fashion graduate “always knew I wanted to start my own business” and launched her slow fashion brand, Laura Shannon, in late 2019. Her colourful, handmade designs are embellished with sequins and beads and …