We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from our client, Café Bellina. Nadia Di Vaio runs Café Bellina in Edinburgh with her brother Luigi and business partner Natalie Ferguson, and has benefited from funding to get the business off the ground. She believes that fair and accessible microfinancing is crucial to giving small businesses the funding boost they need: “At Café Bellina, our first goal is to make people feel at home while tasting our homemade Italian specialities but finding the finance to open a cafe hasn’t been easy. One bank completely ignored our request for a loan and a second one refused our application. Thanks to Business Gateway, we were referred to DSL Business Finance which runs the Scottish Microfinance Fund. We met with Nicola, a loan officer in Glasgow, who helped us develop our business plan.
“It’s great that the Scottish Microfinance Fund will provide emerging entrepreneurs who may not be able to access traditional finance the chance to follow their dreams. It really made a difference to Café Bellina and Nicola still follows our progress as a business mentor”.