Help with a veteran run business start up

by Paul Harkin in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Help with a veteran run business start up
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I aim to expand my auto detailing business by operating a professional, eco friendly, trustworthy, excellent service based in Portsmouth.

by Paul Harkin in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom


Superior Shine is a small (but growing) auto detailing business run by Paul Harkin husband, father of three and UK veteran, based in Portsmouth Hampshire. 

I started my business back in 2016 because I couldn’t find the quality of sevice that I expected in other local detailing and valeting services. I enjoyed having a car or motorcycle that had a better then new clean finish that lasted. I had always tried to be aware of the effect of how we live has on the environment that is why I always promoted my eco friendly service. 

I decided to give it a go myself and started Superior Shine by detailing motorcycles from the back of my Piaggio MP3 scooter, with just two buckets, hosepipe and basic cleaning maritals. The months went on, demand grew and I got really great feedback from people. I also started to offer my services for all forms of vehicles. I also formed and built friendships and links with local clubs and traders.

Everything was going fine, I was steadily building up my reputation and my client base. Then in early 2017 it all changed I was involved in a motorcycle account which involved in my bike being written off and myself being diagnosed with PTSD. After receiving help and treatment for my PTSD in 2019 I felt well enough to go ahead and start Superior Shine backup again properly.


Since starting Superior Shine back up again I have been working from my home address building the business up again. I have now got to were if I wish to make a true business of Superior Shine I can no longer just run it from my home address. I now need to be able to offer my mobile service again. 

I am trying to raise funds to take my business forward while at the same time keeping my carbon footprint as low as possible and offering a truly eco friendly service at the same time. I am trying to raise £10000 this will be used to buy a Piaggio ape electric van and on the road costs, a good quality steam cleaner for cleaning vehicles, uniform and admin running costs. 

Thank you for reading my request and any help no matter how small or big will be greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks again 


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