We’ve had great fun at this photoshoot for BEF, we’re helping them to promote their Start Up loans so that other companies like ours can get off the ground.
Here’s the full article that was featured in a whole load of local press.
A Leeds couple who specialise in manufacturing and installing concrete interiors are expanding their business thanks to a £20k loan from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF).
Relentless Interiors was the brainchild of Sally Hotchin and Richard Butt who were inspired to set up a business making concrete furniture and installing microcement floors and walls after discovering it for their own home three years ago.
Using microcement they achieve stunning, seamless concrete finishes across almost any surface including floors, walls, stairs, recesses as well as outdoor spaces. The products have been specially developed so that they won’t crack, are non-slip and stain resistant. They have also developed a collection of concrete furniture & supply bespoke concrete worktops and sinks from their Rawdon studio. After seeing a huge rise in demand for more products and services, they approached BEF for funding to help grow their offering.
Sally Hotchin, commercial director, explained: “It’s really exciting for us to be introducing a new material to the interior design mix, concrete is a brilliantly tactile and versatile material which creates stunning, contemporary and very practical surfaces for kitchens, bathrooms and living areas of the home.
“Last year’s turnover was around £30k and we’re anticipating this will rise to roughly £100k by the end of this year with demand especially high for microcement which is fast becoming a favourite with interiors designers and architects. Securing a loan from BEF means we can now invest in more machinery and stock, to fulfil our growing order book. We are also running microcement training courses for trades people who would like to become professional installers.”
Richard Butt, operations director, added: “We’ve seen the trend for concrete in homes soar over the past year, it’s definitely the next big thing in interiors with microcement trending globally. Customers are so surprised at the versatility of concrete, which for example can be applied directly onto walls and floors in shower areas making a completely water-tight wet room with no joints or grout lines. The BEF loan has enabled us to form strong trade relationships with kitchen companies, architects and interior designers who are all at the forefront of the new trends.”
The Business Enterprise Fund is a social enterprise specialising in providing funding and advice to businesses across Yorkshire and the North East.
Rupert Shires, investment manager at BEF which has an office on St Pauls Street in Leeds, said: “The entrepreneurial spirit within this organisation is inspiring. Sally and Richard have identified a growing trend within the market and we’re thrilled to see how our loan has allowed them to diversify into various business ventures. With clear passion and enthusiasm – Relentless Interiors have an exciting future ahead!”
Sally Hotchin is an expert in concrete products and microcement. Sally works directly with customers, architects and designers to deliver amazing concrete solutions.