Support from Business Sheffield Allows Independent Bridal Firm to Grow

Support from Business Sheffield Allows Independent Bridal Firm to Grow

13 June 2016

Sheffield’s independent business owner, Jane Burbeary of Celebrating Curves Bridal, diversified from travel to bridal wear after seeing a gap in the market, opening a successful bridal store thanks to support from Business Sheffield.

Being in the bridal industry never really featured in Jane’s plans for a career until she got married herself, when she realised that finding a wedding dress size 16 or over in the UK was not an easy job.

Not wanting others to go through the same thing as she did but having no experience setting up a business, Jane came toBusiness Sheffield to seek business and financial advice as well as booking herself onto the range of courses Business Sheffield had to offer.

Jane said: “The first thing I needed to do was secure some financing. I "Googled" start-up loans and Business Sheffield came up. I made an appointment to see a start-up advisor who was really positive about my idea and talked to me about all the free courses Business Sheffield had to offer. 

“I booked myself onto several courses and have found them invaluable in my journey to get the business off the ground. The networking is also fantastic and we support each other wherever possible - my accountant is a Sheffield start-up business.”

Business Sheffield is part of Sheffield City Council’s economic development agency, Creative Sheffield, and is responsible for supporting businesses in Sheffield to set up and grow.

This covers everything from starting a new business to established businesses wanting to grow. In addition to the one-to-one business advisory support and mentoring that Business Sheffield provides, so far this year they have run over 180 workshops for more than 800 entrepreneurs and small business owners in the city.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, said:“Sheffield people have an entrepreneurial spirit – the changing landscape of industries has meant that people have had to readapt, re-skill and change their direction. You can see this spirit is strong when you hear directly from the clients that Business Sheffield work with.”

Start-up Business Advisor, Rob King, meets with people like Jane Burbeary every week, helping them work through their business ideas, find the right support, test their ideas in the market place and access the right networks.

Jane added: “My advice to anyone wanting to start up their own business would be; find something you are passionate about and you will never work another day in your life. Plus make sure you get advice from the experts at Business Sheffield; it's free and really worth it.”

Many major cities in the UK lack the type of service that Jane has to offer. Bridal shops have declined over the years with high street stores closing down and being replaced by online competitors. The ones that are around don’t offer the specialist service that Jane is providing. Following highly positive feedback, Jane is hoping to grow her business in the coming years, expanding into bridesmaids, mother of the bride and occasion wear.

The services of Business Sheffield are all free and confidential, existing to support economic growth within Sheffield.

If you would like to learn more about the advice and support Business Sheffield can provide, please contact  a member of the Business Gateway team on  0114 224 5000 or email Rob King rob.king@sheffield.gov.uk.