Start-up loan to break the mould

Move: Sarah Liptrot and Michelle Cook
Move: Sarah Liptrot and Michelle Cook
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Preston start-up business, The Original Casting Company, has moved into new city centre premises with the help of a £3,000 loan from Lancashire Community Finance.

The Original Casting Company provides a body casting service, taking a mould from a body part and turning it into a beautiful stone sculpture or keepsake. Popular casts include new-born babies’ hands and feet, pregnancy casts and family casts.

Launching the business from her Walton-le-Dale home in early 2015, Michelle Cook sought funding from Lancashire Community Finance to help her equip her new studio on Glovers Court.

She said: “The new studio is designed to be peaceful and homely so that all the family, including babies and toddlers, have a calm and enjoyable experience.

“Creating the mould is very quick, easy and safe, taking just a minute or two for the moulding materials to set. The moulding material is made up from algae and seaweed making it completely natural and safe on even the most sensitive of skin.”

Lancashire Community Finance provides personal loans, business start-up loans and home improvement loans to provide a better alternative to high cost lenders.

Start Up Loans Officer Sarah Liptrot said: “We are very pleased to have been able to help Michelle on her growth journey. The level of detail on the life casts is absolutely stunning. Even the minutest of pores and fingerprints can be visible so you can see why they are proving so popular.

“As the local delivery partner for Start Up Loans, a Government backed national initiative aimed at ambitious people who want to start their own business, we can offer start-ups loans from £250 up to £25,000 per person paid back within 1-5 years at fixed 6.0 per cent PA with no arrangement fees.”