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Bagels to bamboo bras – five years of backing Scottish businesses

Fifth birthday celebrations are kicking off in Glasgow for a company that has helped to get hundreds of Scottish businesses off the ground.

From bagels to bamboo bras and everything in between – Transmit Start-Ups has already backed the business dreams of 965 entrepreneurs in Scotland to the tune of almost £10million.

Transmit Start-Ups was set up in 2013 by three entrepreneurs who shared an ambition to help others just starting out.

By delivering the Government-backed Start Up Loans programme they offer entrepreneurs an alternative to a traditional bank loan, with high-impact mentoring to maximise the results of finance provided.

The team has now grown to 20 employees, with dedicated advisors based at the Collabor8te Business Centre in Glasgow’s Montrose Street. Demand has also led to the launch of the Transmit Group of companies, providing financial support and business advice to power the long-term journey of entrepreneurs.

Michelle Doherty, a Transmit business adviser based in Glasgow, said: “We are different to other providers because so many of us are entrepreneurs ourselves and we understand the challenges facing business owners. We are empathetic, we get really fired up by good ideas and we are adaptable to make sure each client gets exactly what is needed to succeed.

“The start-up community is buzzing at the moment in Glasgow and we are excited to be right at the centre of that as the biggest Start Up Loans lender in Scotland.”

Transmit is marking its milestone anniversary with a party showcasing a series of local loan recipients.

Glasgow-based small batch distillery Illicit Spirits and ethical lingerie company The Bonnie Bra Company will share their experiences of working with the Transmit team, alongside Edinburgh’s Bross Bagels.

Bonnie Lawson-Brown, Founder of the Bonnie Bra Company, said: “It’s been a fantastic experience working with various members of the Transmit team, receiving validation of my business plan and support for me as a business owner.

“The loan I received has enabled us to manufacture and soft launch the first 50 sets of our bamboo fabric Bonbon range. We’ve also been able to secure the first round of patent application and trademark design for the product. It’s a really exciting time for my business and I’m looking forward to what the next chapter holds.”

Transmit Group is a new member of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and would love to learn about more about your business ambitions. Call Michelle on 07837 954802 or email via michelle@transmitstartups.co.uk to organise an informal chat to see how we can help.

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