Rotherham-based boutique ladies clothing store, RebLe, has opened its doors following receipt of a £500 grant from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.
The UKSE funding has allowed business owner, Rebecca Twynham, to fund branded, exterior signage as well as display units and clothing rails, essential for the establishment of the her first store.
Launched in September 2017, and ideally located in the main retail hub of Wath-upon-Dearne, RebLe stocks a wide range of ladies fashion items including clothing, handbags and jewellery.
Rebecca commented: “I’m so grateful for the funding I’ve received from UKSE. Being able to have professional exterior signage fitted really helps the shop stand out so it’s easier for customers to find and notice us. I’m hoping that people will continue to spread the word about the opening of RebLe Fashion Boutique!”
Rebecca has ambitious plans to open a second store – for childrenswear and plus-size clothing – after receiving a number of requests from customers confirming the demand.
“Currently, I’m doing everything myself, I’m working at the shop full-time and take care of the business side, too. In the future, it’d be great to employ a team of people but, for now, I’m loving getting fully involved in growing the business and intend to do this until RebLe is well established in the area.”
RebLe is already experiencing popularity and is partnering with other local businesses to hold events such as fashion shows, pamper evenings and Christmas shopping nights.
Launched in February 2016 by UKSE, with support from RIDO and Rotherham Youth Enterprise, the Kickstart Fund consists of a £40,000 pot dedicated to supporting people looking to establish a business in the local area.
Allan Wood from UK Steel Enterprise commented: “RebLe has attracted local interest and, with plans to expand in the future, I look forward to watching how the business continues to grow over the coming years.”
UKSE, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, invests up to £1m in growing companies, particularly those creating jobs. If you are an established business which needs growth finance then please contact UK Steel Enterprise on 0800 915 1188.