CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER
Tabitha Wright, 21, has received funding to grow her taxidermy and jewellery business in Derby Market Hall through government-backed scheme, Start-Up Loans.
Curiouser & Curiouser sells a wide range of stuffed animals, upcycled vintage furniture, religious artefacts
and other collectables – just like a real old-fashioned curiosity shop.
Start-Up Loans, chaired by James Caan, provides loans and business mentoring to entrepreneurs across the UK who have been trading for less than 12 months.
Tabitha, who lives in Derby, was referred by the NMTF and applied to Start Up Loans in December 2013. She secured support through the scheme in January 2014.
She was matched up with Elevation Networks, a Delivery Partner for the scheme, which assessed Tabitha’s business and granted the loan. Tabitha receives mentoring from The Prince’s Trust.
Mentors from The Prince’s Trust provide one-to-one support, guidance, encouragement and inspiration to entrepreneurs to support them to develop and grow their business.
Tabitha comments: “Start-Up Loans benefitted my business by giving me the opportunity to advertise properly and re-stock my stall with ease. It gave me security and confidence to get on with my business without having to worry about money.”
Tabitha is using her loan to promote her business and introduce product lines. In May this year, she secured a pitch at the Leeds International Tattoo Exposition.
Tabitha explains: “By being a member of the NMTF, from a financial aspect, funding has been a huge worry off of my mind.
“I am grateful for the opportunity I had to get involved in a start-up scheme at Derby Market Hall that included discounted rent and retail training.”
Tabitha was involved with “Be Your Own Boss”, a scheme for new businesses on Derby’s markets supported by the NMTF, which is run by Derby City Council.
As part of the initiative, Tabitha received a fifty per cent rent reduction for the first seven months of a 12 month tenancy at Derby Market Hall.
In November 2014, after trading at this fully restored Victorian market hall for 12 months, Tabitha moved her businesses to shop premises at The Wardwick in Derby.
Curioser & Curioser continues to pop-up at market-type events such as fairs, festivals and expositions across the East Midlands and Yorkshire.