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Case Studies

BEF has helped thousands of businesses to start, grow and flourish. To discover how, view our case studies.

Simply the ‘BEST’ for BEF investment

Leeds-based sustainable fashion brand is ready to try on the influencer market for size thanks to a £50k loan from BEF.

BEF delivered £50,000 funding to help Perri Isa of BEST Vintage grow his business online. compliment his three retail stores with an ecommerce and social media. BEST is known for the one-off pieces they rework using second-hand clothing from all over the world. With everything designed and made on site in Leeds, this family run brand is flying the flag for sustainable fashion.

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All systems go for CRM company

A Leeds couple who specialise in customer relationship management (CRM) are undergoing significant business growth after receiving funding from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF).

Morley-based, IXRM, was founded in 2016 by husband and wife duo, Dave and Karen Cockerham after the couple were inspired to address a niche in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) market. Three years on, the Microsoft partner and Microsoft Dynamics 365 specialist approached BEF for funding to support the company’s growth due to high demand.

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BEF helps learning mentor make her mark

Andrea Page helps young children find their inner mojo thanks to a Start Up loan from BEF.

Andrea Page is a learning mentor based in Leeds with a passion for helping young children across Yorkshire learn new skills essential to their success within the education system and the world at large. Thanks to a £6,000 Start Up Loan, Andrea setup her business and complete the required accreditation to become an Inamojo™ facilitator.

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New wave of funding for seaweed farm

A Scarborough couple which has set up England’s first commercial seaweed farm is ready to set sail thanks to a £25k loan from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF).

SeaGrown, whose farm is based in the North Sea four miles out of Scarborough, was the brainchild of former fisherman, diver in the Navy and navigating officer, Wave Crookes and marine scientist Laura Robinson, who met while on a Royal Research Ship in Antarctica. The duo were inspired to set up a business harvesting seaweed after discovering many of its surprising qualities.

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