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H.C. (China)

Background

BA in Fashion Design Menswear at Central Saint Martins. Came to the UK in 2008 to study at the prestigious fashion school. H.C. gained extensive work experience whilst studying in the UK.

Available Funds
£200,000
Visa Requirement
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Investment Requirement

A luxury menswear fashion brand. 

Outcome

H.C. intered at a menswear brand during his studies and requested InvestUK to profile and prepare the company for his investment. We provided the full set of documents for his application including structuring a suitable investment for our client. [H.C.'s application has now been submitted and we are awaiting a positive response in a couple of weeks.]

J.V. (Chile)

Background

J.V. studied medicine at university but did not complete his studies as he went on to run his family’s estate. J.V.’s background is in finance and real estate development.

Available Funds
£250,000
Visa Requirement
Tier 1 Entrepreneur (obtained)
Investment Requirement

Renewable energy

Outcome

J.V. established his own company to invest into rooftop solar leasing by working with our renewables energy partner. The project involves sourcing residential buildings in order to install solar panels on the roof to provide energy which will be sold onto third party utility companies. 

K.K. (Lebanon)

Background

Pharmacy graduate from King’s College London Family background in shoe manufacturing in Lebanon

Available Funds
£250,000
Visa Requirement
Entrepreneur Visa
Investment Requirement

Business plan for setting up ok UK branch of family shoe business.

Outcome

The client wanted support preparing a business plan taking into account the family business history and her desire to bring the brand to the UK. She studied in the UK but wanted to pursue the family business rather than go into Pharmacy. The client established a family business in 2013 with a plan to build upon her family’s successful business in Lebanon. K.K. has experience in this sector as the family established a footwear atelier in Beirut in the 1940s. K.K.'s father went on to open retail stores around Lebanon. In addition to introducing the family brand of footwear, the family business will also be collaborating with internationally known Lebanese labels to further expand and facilitate their entrance to the UK market. The company is now seeking to establish distribution for these brands in the UK market as a stepping stone to creating a substantial footwear retail and distribution business. The company has agreements with a number of established manufacturers in Lebanon who have a strong track record in supplying footwear for export to the European market. K.K. is investing £50,000 into the launch so this suits the BFA’s recommendation of the initial capital required for the business in the footwear industry. K.K. has been in talks with the BFA to become a member to benefit from its network. The BFA has stated that the company is now ready to become a member and the process to do so has begun. The detailed financial projections also show that the company has a sufficient capital to launch and grow into a significant player in this market in the UK, while developing a strong brand presence.

K.L. (Hong Kong)

Background

K.L.’s background is in hospitality. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto with a major in Economics and Urban Geography. 

Available Funds
£200,000
Visa Requirement
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Investment Requirement

K.L. was interested in looking at the food & beverage and hospitality sectors. K.L. will also be involved in the company as a Director by using his experience and network in HK to potentially establish a new venue overseas. 

Outcome

K.L. has selected Nightjar (confidential at this stage) which is now in the top 3 of the best bars in the world. 

P.Y. (Hong Kong)

Background

P.Y.’s Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of South California and a Cook’s Diploma from the Dickson Catering Institute, has paved the way for a successful career in commerce as he became the Advisory Board Member of a successful cooking show in the US and went on to establish and become Senior Vice President of BSS (HK) Corporation Limited in 1978 based in Hong Kong. BSS engages in the distribution of disposable paper, plastic products for catering (such as paper and plastic cups, napkins, plates, bags, kitchen towels and containers) and is still successfully trading to this day.

Available Funds
£200,000
Visa Requirement
Entrepreneur Visa
Investment Requirement

No specific requirements other than a stable investment where he can add value based on his experience.

Outcome

We presented a diverse range of investment opportunities and P.Y. selected Harris, Rotheram & Co. HRCo is an ambitious new food and beverage company founded by two talented chefs, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram, with an outstanding track record, an established following and a solid team behind them. The plan is centred on bringing their talent and experience to the heart of East London by acquiring The Marksman, a freehold, freehouse Public House and Dining Room on Hackney Road. The Company has entered into heads of terms to purchase The Marksman, a venue that will allow the team to deliver the best of British food and drink in a truly authentic British environment. With P.Y.’s partnership, they will be looking to further expand the business in the international market once they have established their brand. P.Y. is the co-founder of a number of restaurants including Noodle Connection (1993 - 1998), an Italian restaurant in Pasadena, California as well as Teriyaki Bento (1988 – 1998), a Japanese restaurant in Maywood, California. With such an extensive experience, P.Y. will be joining the board as a Director to support the team in their efforts to establish a successful restaurant in a thriving area of London. P.Y. will be actively involved in areas covering Business Development, International Expansion and Branding and Packaging as well as using his existing network and distribution knowledge for future plans. This is specifically important as his language capabilities will place the Company in a unique position to achieve its future goals. With his significant experience in the restaurant and packaging industries, the addition of business management at senior levels makes P.Y. an important addition to the management team of the Company. Taking this information into account, Harris, Rotheram & Co will be looking to expand into the Asian market by Year 3 with the integral support of P.Y.

S.A. (Egypt)

Background

S.A. is a qualified medical doctor and went on to run his family’s hotel business in Egypt. S.A. has an MBA from the Germany University in Cairo. S.A. obtained his degree in Surgery and Medicine from Ain Shams University.

Available Funds
£260,000
Visa Requirement
Tier 1 Entrepreneur (obtained)
Investment Requirement

S.A. was interested in investing in the hotel sector by establishing his own hotel in the UK. InvestUK supported him with the search for relevant hotels across the country and implementing the first stages in setting up his company.  

Outcome

S.A. invested into a hotel in Llandudno, Wales. He bought the hotel under his company and is now successfully running the hotel with a number of employees. 

S.H. (South Africa)

Background

CTO at United Bank for Africa Extensive background in technology and finance

Available Funds
£250,000
Visa Requirement
Entrepreneur Visa
Investment Requirement

Technology focussed company with the potential to expand into Africa in the future. S.H. wanted to be involved in the company he invested in and use his skills to add value as a company Director.

Outcome

S.H. has invested £250,000 into Playjam Ltd. Playjam is a UK based media company that has pioneered affordable gaming for TVs. Having launched the first ever interactive, over-the-top games service via Satellite provider BskyB, the company has gone on to power gaming services across multiple platforms with partners in over 80 countries worldwide. In December, 2013, PlayJam launched its first hardware product - “GameStick”; a 3 inch long micro games console that slots into any HDMI enabled TV or PC to deliver content via its online storefront. Through GameStick, users will be able to access a world of content from education, music, video and music directly to their TV in the UK abroad. S.H. offers PlayJam unique input, experience and exposure at the highest level which the company plans to use to fulfil its ambitions to export its products & services to Africa - a key target market in the mid to long term. PlayJam will use the funds from S.H. of £250k to facilitate the development of an Africa specific GameStick hardware device, grow educational and country specific content and to build the commercial relationships to enable widespread distribution and use of the product across the Continent. In addition, the company would commence local operations (possibly in association with a local partner) in Africa to foster the development and distribution opportunities. Backed by GameStop, Adobe and Endeavour Ventures, PlayJam now seeks to expand into Africa with a device designed to meet the needs and challenges of the local markets. PlayJam seeks to become the “de facto” low cost content and educational TV based solution in Africa…a billion dollar opportunity. Proceeds will be applied to acquiring and building educational and other content specific to Africa and to building the commercial relationships to support widespread distribution across the Continent.

Y.L. (China)

Background

Y.L. has a background in HR working at the China Construction Bank (confidential at this stage) for over 20 years. He was the General Manager overseeing the Labour Unions. He has a degree in Business Management from Beihang University. 

Available Funds
£200,000
Visa Requirement
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Investment Requirement

Non-sector specific companies.

Outcome

Y.L. has decided to invest into Rochemartin which is a HR related company focusing on enhancing ‘emotional intelligence’ at large corporates all over the world. Y.L. will assume the role of International Director to support their outreach in Asia.