I started my swimwear business Bikini Genie 5 years ago with a couple of hundred pounds and it has been slowly growing ever since. I have built up over 50, 000 followers on social media , collaborated with many celebrities and influencers in the past and have featured regularly in UK national press. I am hugely passionate about it and its absolutely everything to me. In 2019 it grew rapidly and started 2020 looking to continue its growth and then the pandemic hit! With travel restrictions in place my sales and business have taken an enormous hit. Up until now I have almost entirely sold bought in wholesale design swimwear but in order to grow my business I must start to sell my own unique designs. I have been working tirelessly on designing my first full Bikini Genie Collection, with the help of experienced designers and technicians my collection has now gone through all the sample stages and is now ready for bulk production. However my cash flow has completely dried up due to covid. I have been turned down for all covid business help and for normal business funding so I am now swallowing my pride and reaching out to raise the finance to put this collection into production. This money will not only produce this collection but will ensure that my business survives this year and continues to grow next year when ( hopefully ) life goes back to normal. It is absolutely essential now that I produce my own designs in order to be able to look at adding the wholesale market into my business and offer my customers unique high quality , inclusive products. This is so important to me and my family and I hope I can raise this money to continue to follow my dreams and all my plans for the business.