Omolola is a branded e-commerce specialising in West-African inspired and geo-architecture jewellery at affordable prices!
WHERE ARE YOU BASED AND WHY IS IT A GOOD LOCATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
We are based in Leeds and it is a good location for the business because of its diverse, young and thriving community.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
I am inspired by my West-African ancestry and the sheer artistic genius of West African peoples, past and present. The love for attention to detail and celebrating beauty even in everyday objects like combs is fascinating.
WHAT STAGE WAS YOUR BUSINESS AT WHEN YOU APPLIED FOR THE START-UP LOAN?
We had just launched. We were about 3-4 months old.
HOW HAVE YOU USED IT TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS?
We have used the money to acquire more stock, book and organise our next marketing campaign and attend/ participate at the biggest black girl festival in Europe, Blackgirlfest.
WHO IS YOUR REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER AND HOW DID THEY HELP YOU GET A VIRGIN STARTUP LOAN?
Phil at Airedale Enterprise Services helped me put together my business plan and financial forecast. He has been a great help.
BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?
We had our first wholesale client last month.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Wholesales, the Christmas collection and building awareness about the brand.
Founder(s) name: Ope and Taiwo Adegbulu
Loan funds received: £5,000 – £10,000
Based in: Leeds