Transmit hits 1,000 start-ups

Transmit hits 1,000 start-ups

Gateshead-based Transmit Start-Ups has hit one of its biggest milestones to date, having supported its 1,000th business.

The firm, which supports businesses across the England and Scotland, thanks a growing demand from ambitious entrepreneurs for its recent expansion.

Richard Myers, commercial director for Transmit Start-Ups said: “We are delighted to reach this landmark of supporting 1000 entrepreneurs under the Start Up Loans programme.

“Transmit Start-Ups has been delivering this programme for 3 years now and we have seen some incredible people with great business ideas in that time.”

The 1,000th business to receive funding is The Alchemist Cocktails, ran by 23-year-old Kirsty Gurr from Dunbar, which delivers hand-made cocktails to thirsty customers from a customized 1979 Renault Estafette van.

Inspired by her father Ronnie Gurr, who started off working in Virgin Records’ press office in the 1980s before being re-recruited by Sir Richard Branson to set up his V2 label, Ms Gurr saw a gap in the market for on the go drinks after working in the food and beverage industry.

Transmit Start-ups supported her set-up costs, by giving her a loan to fund insurance, a generator, worktops, a fridge and bespoke decorations.

Ms Gurr said: “I literally couldn’t have launched The Alchemist Cocktails without Transmit Start-Ups support.  Business Gateway recommended them to me and it was a really easy sign-up process so I was able to hit the ground running in no time at all.”

Ms Gurr actively sources local companies to supply her business, and will be using local fruit from the Crunchy Carrot in her home town as well as products from the North Berwick Gin company.

In the future, The Alchemist Cocktails menu aims to include a selection of mocktails for non-alcoholic drinkers, as well as smoothies and coffies.

The vintage van will also be appearing at music festival Audio Soup in the Dunbar hills later this year.

Mr Myers added: “I am really pleased that we are supporting Kirsty with her cocktail van business. She is one of a number of businesses from Scotland that have approached us recently.

“In fact, we have just opened offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh so that we can deliver one-to-one support to entrepreneurs who need finance.”