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Big breaks for BA Builders

After receiving a strategic review and advice on funding opportunities from Business Gateway, BA Builders are set to construct much needed homes in rural areas around Shetland.

About the Business

BA Builders is a small owner managed building firm, based on the small island of Burra in Shetland which specialises in producing and delivering high quality homes, extensions and renovations.

Business Gateway were really helpful during this process, highlighting a variety of possible funding opportunities and supporting us in our approach to the Council when our funding applications to other providers were refused.

How Business Gateway has helped

"Our initial business model focused on self-build mortgages, which is a huge part of the house building landscape in Shetland. However, these are very difficult to get and with help from Business Gateway, we enjoyed our first big break. They strategically reviewed our business model and we found that by building houses to sell on ourselves, we would be able to ensure that the business grew successfully and sustainably. This is because our customers just have to source a mortgage and simply purchase a brand-new property from us which simplifies the process and reduces financial risk for the business. This is because this type of mortgage is quite easy to get, in comparison to a self-build mortgage where there is increased likelihood of a mortgage provider refusing to provide a loan.

"Our second big break was when we secured a business loan of £300,000 from our local authority that will allow us to construct much needed homes in rural areas around Shetland. This was vital as without the funding, we couldn’t have gone ahead with this project, but Business Gateway were really helpful during this process, highlighting a variety of possible funding opportunities and supporting us in our approach to the Council when our funding applications to other providers were refused."

Support provided

Strategic Review

Advice on Funding

Financial Restructuring Advice or support

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