In the press: UK Start-Up Loan Scheme in Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks Chronicle Hannah Griffin UK Start up loans If you've picked up a copy of the Sevenoaks Chronicle this week, you may have noticed yours truly featured on the business pages, with an interview about our involvement with the UK Start Up Loan Scheme. For those who missed it, the full article is below:

'By her own admission, 26-year old Hannah Griffin has been fortunate in her professional life. Working with her father in the family business - Ditto in Sevenoaks - has provided her with a relatively safe haven in which to work, but it has still given her valuable experience of running an independent business in today's testing economic climate.

It has also given her a deep appreciation of how difficult it is for anyone in her age bracket to start their own business.

For this reason, she has signed up to offer advice to any 18 to 30 year olds in the area who want to take advantage of the Government's Start Up Loan Scheme - the initiative fronted by former Dragon's Den star James Caan.

Through Ditto's franchise agreement with, one of the scheme's delivery partners, she agreed to offer a 'drop in service' at her firm's studio in London Road.

'We are able to help with writing business plans, loan applications and business mentoring from experts' said Ms Griffin. 'Starting from scratch is very difficult for anyone, but I feel very strongly that supporting young people in enterprise is vital. I was lucky to learn alongside my father, but it is a very steep learning curve for young people starting out on their own.'

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