Loan is just the ticket to set former teachers en route to Double Decker Bus Bar dream
Tired and frustrated with their jobs as teachers Mark (53) and Tracey (49) Greenwood decided to buy a double decker route-master bus on Ebay with the plan to drive it around the country selling beers, wines and spirits at events.
Their redundancy money was not enough to cover the bus and business start-up costs so Mark started browsing online again, this time for business start-up loans. He was aware that the business might seem a little risky or unusual to some funders but then he came across First Enterprise.
With a £90,000 loan from First Enterprise, the couple were able to get the bus on the road to a profitable business.
Mark said: “I did look at some alternative sources of funding but First Enterprise were the most amenable and straightforward.”
“Running this business, being self-employed, getting out and about is like a dream come true for us.”
Since starting the business last year Double Decker Bus Bar has attended a number of upmarket events from country shows and outdoor concerts to horse races and the UK’s largest festival for the deaf.
Mark said: “Our advisors Victoria and Neil were much more approachable than the banks. They provided free business advice and treated us like real people, not just numbers on a spreadsheet.”