Help save a business

by Andrew Takle in Williton, England, United Kingdom

Help save a business
Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

Elderly Managing Director wants to retire and is giving me a chance to buy the business before he either dies or closes the business down.

by Andrew Takle in Williton, England, United Kingdom

Hello, I’m here because I’ve exhausted all other outlets Main stream banks including our own business bank private loan companies, and even family. 

I’ve been working at Kwik Stop for over 12 years and the current director  is trying to retire as he’s now 70 years old. He has offered me the business for a walk away price and I’m desperately doing what I can to raise the funds. 

The downside is that although we have just signed a new 10 year lease we do not own the building hence why it’s been an automatic no from the banks.  Unfortunately if I can’t raise the funds I see only 1 of 2 things that can happen. God forbid Dave dies and the business gets left in his will and it’s up to his family to decide what happens to it or he shuts up shop and enjoys his retirement. Either way that is bad news for me and the other staff member. 

Currently I live in a van in the works car park as I am cutting all my bills as much as I can, it’s very cold this time of year but I’ve managed 11 months so far and regularly shower at my mums and sisters as well as eat there as much as I can. 

I’ve saved £3000 so far and I’m heading for £5000 so that I can cover solicitor fees if I do come up with the £30,000  that he’s asking for. 

The business has been operating for over 30 years and it is a Tyre and Auto centre we also operate a 4x4 pickup which we use to go from farm to farm to repair punctures. 

I just can’t believe even though the business is healthy that no financial institution will take a risk and lend the money. 

By the way yes the minions in the main picture are what I made for the front of the garage :)

Please watch the attached video which gives a brief insight into the business. 

Many Many thanks for your donation. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

A 'thank-you' postcard and stick of rock

I know it might be a little cheesy, but if you pledge £10 I will send a personal thank- you on a post card and include a type of holiday memorabilia too.

£20 or more

Name the Minions

Every £20 pledged will be entered into a raffle where 2 lucky people can name the Minions I made that are sat permanently outside the garage and a name plague will be put alongside them as well as a photograph and a thank you sent to your home address. What’s more is that the 2 winners will each receive their £20 back too.

£50 or more

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Help the Environment

For every £50 pledged i will spend a few hours a day cleaning litter at one of my local beaches. I see the plastic pollution on our beaches which is why I went out to the beach recently with my nephews and we filled a whole black bag full of plastic items. I will photograph a beach clean up with the name of the person who donated and a thank you by holding up the piece of paper with the details on and posting it on social media.

£100 or more

Treat your car!!

Everyone who donates £100 is elegible for a full filter service for their car. Eg Air filter, Fuel filter, Oil filter & Engine oil also all levels checked. I appreciate you might not be local enough to make use of this which is why I’d be willing to to post the items to your home address. Just send registration number phone number and address after making the donation. Or simply organise for me to fit it at the garage.

£1,000 or more

Pledge and Receive donation back*

Anyone that donates £1000 or more, (providing I achieve the 30k I need), yeah a crazy thought I know, Will receive 100% of their pledge back within 2 years that’s a personal guarantee of mine so I can prove I’m not greedy and taking everyone’s money just to benefit me. *This will only happen if I do buy the business though. (If I don't hit target or strike a deal with part of the money raised then the £1000 donation will be returned)

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