Bury entrepreneur opens new shop following £25,000 loan

North West | Retail
Steph Davidson

Bury entrepreneur Steph Davison is launching her new boutique bridal store in Bury using a £25,000 Start Up Loan from GC Business Finance.

Alice Ada Bridal at The Rock Shopping Centre offers a contemporary and relaxing retail environment with an extensive range of wedding dress designers including Mikaella and Hayley Paige Occasions.

Steph will be using the £25k Start Up Loan to develop the company’s website and other digital channels to build online awareness and sales, to invest in brand partnerships and provide a luxury environment for customers.

Steph comments: “Having worked in the industry for several years, I already have some great connections and ideas for the business and being able to access the Start Up Loan and support from GC Business Finance has meant we can really invest in developing those to ensure that Alice Ada Bridal continues to evolve and diversify.”

Chris Hutchison, Head of Lending at GC Business Finance, comments: “Steph spotted a great gap in the market for affordable luxury wedding dresses and where better to open her doors than one of our busiest shopping centres? She knows her market inside out and we look forward to supporting Alice Ada Bridal in establishing itself as one of the region’s leading wedding retailers.”

GC Business Finance, the North West delivery partner of the government’s national £310m Start Up Loans programme, will see £15 million allocated to new start-ups across the North West over a two-year period, creating around 3,000 new businesses and over 5,000 new jobs in the region.


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