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Start Up Loans has provided more than £44m of funding across more than 5,000 loans to business owners in the North East since 2012, the British Business Bank has revealed.

Across the UK, the Start Up Loans programme has delivered more than 90,000 loans, providing in excess of £819m of funding.

Caroline Hazell, who owns County Durham based Ellison Gray Bridal, took out a Start Up Loan in May 2020 after making the decision to leave her job in communications.

The bridal boutique carries some big names in bridal, holding exclusivity stockist status for Suzanne Neville and Lyn Ashworth for the region.

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