Fresh Perspective Boosted by Five-Figure GC Business Finance Loan
A recruitment firm based in Chorley is seeking expansion and increased operational efficiency following the acquisition of a significant five-figure funding injection. Established in 2016 by sisters Laura and Emily Leyland, Fresh Perspective Resourcing has secured £30,000 in funding from NPIF – River & GC Microfinance, managed by GC Business Finance (GCBF) as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
This funding comes on the heels of two previous £35,000 loans from NPIF – River & GC Microfinance received during the Covid-19 pandemic. These earlier funds were instrumental in enabling the company to enhance its digital marketing efforts, resulting in its most successful financial year post-pandemic.
In addition to team expansion, the newly acquired loan will facilitate Fresh Perspective Resourcing's investment in AI and technology to enhance operational efficiency, with the ambitious target of achieving a £1 million turnover by its tenth year.
Laura Leyland, founder of Fresh Perspectives, said: "Since starting the agency in 2016, we have done things differently to typical recruitment agencies. This new loan will allow us to continue doing this with an increased team and explore adding value to new areas of the recruitment process. Throughout multiple parts of our journey, GC Business Finance has been able to support us, helping Fresh Perspectives get to where it is today."
Alison Powell, senior loan manager at GC Business Finance, added: "It has been great to work with such a fantastic business and to see how Laura has taken the business from strength to strength since securing the first loan from GCBF in 2020. The new loan we have provided will allow it to continue contributing to the northern business environment, growing as a business and creating new jobs. I look forward to seeing what is next for the Fresh Perspective team."
Keira Shepperson, director at the British Business Bank, said: "Fresh Perspective is a great example of a northern business thriving from the support of our funding. Empowering female founders is a core focus for NPIF, and this deal exemplifies how access to finance can unlock the growth of innovative and forward-thinking business models. Follow-on investment is key to a sustained growth journey, and we look forward to Laura expanding her team even further, creating more jobs across the north of England."