Fashion company is setting a trend thanks to cash boost

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A Bishopbriggs based fashion wholesaler has expanded its business and taken on more staff after getting help from business advisors and securing a loan.

JLM Ltd received £50,000 funding from West of Scotland Loan Fund (WSLF). The company, started by Alan and Michelle Morrison in 2006, was supported by business advisors from East Dunbartonshire Council.

As part of this service, the business advisors facilitated a successful loan application to WSLF, which has provided additional working capital to help the business expand into new markets.

Working with some of the biggest global brands in fashion retail, JLM purchase and supply discount branded clothing to a number of client retailers across Scotland, the UK, Europe and Asia.

Founding director Alan Morrison said: “The loan will assist greatly in our growth aspirations by expanding our client base, both in developing new Eastern European markets and key blue chip client accounts in the UK.

“The assistance from both the Council and WSLF has been fundamental in allowing our company to further grow our business from Bishopbriggs, which includes an increase of local jobs to accommodate the business expansion.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “In a period of challenging economic conditions, our council is committed to assisting both emerging enterprise and supporting business to grow in East Dunbartonshire.

“That is why we recently launched a number of service enhancements offered to local businesses including free expert business advice, training and financial assistance for starting and growing your business in the area.”

If you are thinking of starting or growing your own business in East Dunbartonshire you can access further assistance by calling your local office (Milngavie or Kirkintilloch) on 0141 578 8530 or visiting www.edbusiness.net

Staff at JLM Ltd are pictured with Councillor Moir.

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