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Hill House Farm Kitchen
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From Catalonia to the Cotswolds

Business West was a great help in helping us to access a Virgin StartUp loan and get our business of the ground Carlos, Las Tapitas

Born in Spain, Carlos has always loved paella and when he moved to the Cotswolds he decided to bring his passion for Spanish food with him.

Carlos has had years of experience refining his paella recipes, adopting the techniques of his Spanish mother and Catalonian grandmother. With additional
experience managing restaurants in Bristol, Carlos knew he wanted to take the next step and establish a business of his own. Carlos teamed up with his partner Helen, who has extensive hospitality experience and a steady head for organization, making them the perfect team and allowing Carlos to focus solely on the

After trading for six months, using only their personal savings, they were ready to invest some serious cash into the business. Working with Business West Startup Adviser, Alyson Eyval, Alex and Theo were guided through the ‘scary yet unavoidable’ steps of applying for finance.

Working closely with Business West, Carlos and Helen joined the Start & Grow programme. Their business adviser worked with them step by step to refine their business plan and create investment ready financial forecasts. They also helped Carlos and Helen apply for a Virgin StartUp business loan, allowing them to purchase equipment and cooking ingredients and invest in advertising to promote the business.

Launching Las Tapitas in August 2016, the couple were off to a flying start, securing business from the offset and taking a wedding booking in their first few
months of operation.

Carlos and Helen are clients of Business West, delivering business support in the South West.

Under the Start & Grow programme they received 29 hours of support and attended two training days. They invested a total of £16.000 into the business and have created 2 jobs.

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