Funding deal to aid Friska growth

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Inside a Friska restaurant

Friska, has agreed a £65,000 funding deal with Santander Corporate & Commercial to help it expand.

The Bristol-based healthy fast food restaurant firm was established in 2009 by co-founders Ed Brown and Griff Holland, and has grown from one restaurant to four.

Ed and Griff both graduated from the University of Bath with degrees in Economics and raised the capital from personal resources to start the first Friska store four years ago.

The new finance agreement will help Friska’s aspirations of opening an additional three stores covering the breakfast, lunch and dinner ‘fast casual’ dining market over the next two years.

Ed and Griff are also looking to build up a capital reserve with which to explore new opportunities as well as invest in employee training.

Ed Brown, Co-Founder at Friska Limited, comments: “We have ambitious growth targets for Friska and I’m delighted we are now in a position to be able to achieve them, having started the business just four years ago.

“We believe we offer high-quality products and excellent service to our Bristol customers, and this has accounted for our continued success in a very competitive marketplace.”

Danny McMurdo, Relationship Director for Santander Corporate & Commercial, comments: “Friska is a great local business with a bright future and we are extremely happy to be working with Ed, Griff and the team.”

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