A young Stirling entrepreneur has been awarded loan funding from Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland to enable her to upgrade and refurbish her thriving town centre eatery.
Owner of Brea Restaurant, Izabela Krowlikowska, offers locally sourced seafood, gourmet burgers and craft beers, from the popular Baker Street business that she has owned and run for three years.
Izabela, 24, was referred to the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland (PTYBS) scheme by Business Gateway Stirling, who have been on hand to support her as she has grown her venture, she said: “The low interest loan that I was awarded from PTYBS has meant that I’ve been able to upgrade the kitchen equipment, and just as soon as I find the time, I’ll paint the front of the building, freshen up the interior and work on the marketing.
“I’m really grateful to PTYBS for approving me and to Business Gateway for assisting with my application and helping prepare my business and marketing plans. It’s been real help.”
Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland (PTYBS) provide start-up and expansion loan funding from £500 up to £5,000 for young people up to the age of 30.
After presenting her business proposal to a PTYBS funding panel, which is made up of local business volunteers, they assessed the viability of her plan and provided the funds Izabela was seeking, along with a business mentor who will work with her as she takes the business forward.
Izabela, who is originally from Poland, currently employs seven staff. When she first took on the restaurant she had no management or front of house experience and so put herself through a number of management and customer service courses. “I started out as a kitchen porter in local restaurants and then worked my way up to food preparation. My partner is a chef and so he runs the kitchen, while I’m in charge out front. It was a bit of a learning curve and it can be stressful at times but now l really enjoy running my own business and meeting all of our new customers,” said Izabela.
Eddie Reynolds, Forth Valley Regional Manager for PTYBS said: “We’re pleased that we were able to offer Izabela funding and support and acknowledge that the high quality of her overall application was achieved through her working closely with the advisors at Business Gateway.”
Izabela said: “We have lots of exciting plans for the future including offering a delivery service during the winter, outside catering and gourmet pizzas.”
Frank Dunne, Business Adviser at Business Gateway concluded: “Izabela is an inspiring young entrepreneur who has taken Brea from the most modest of beginnings into the impressive success it is today. With very limited resources, hard work and determination, Izabela has developed the restaurant to award winning standards on par with any establishment in the vicinity. It has been a joy to work with her."
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