Independent bookshop gets a new lease of life.


Tim Batcup took over Cover to Cover, a busy independent bookshop situated in the village of Mumbles, after receiving a £14,000 Start Up Loan through Business in Focus – an official delivery partner for the Start Up Loans Company.

The Start Up Loan scheme offers low interest personal loans to help start new businesses, or for businesses under 2 years old which need funding to grow. Loans come with a dedicated Business Adviser to help business through the loan application process.

Tim said; “I received a superb and personal service from my adviser, who explained options, schemes and the best way forward for me”.

Cover to Cover stocks a variety of new titles and it has an excellent children’s department. They also have a wide selection of gift stock, complementing the bookshop’s atmosphere.

Tim has worked in the book trade under various guises all his life, from libraries to online books and even a book bus. Tim said; “The opportunity arose to take over this well-established business, so I jumped at the chance”.

Tim was made aware of Business in Focus’ Start Up Loan service by his Business Wales adviser. Business Wales is the Welsh Government’s flagship support programme; and Business in Focus is one of the lead contractors working on the contract.

Tim continues to observe trends in customer demand while responding to them as quickly as possible. He is planning several author events at the bookshop and is also forging links with schools, the university and other institutions.

Enquire today and check your eligibility for a Start Up Loan to get your business off the ground. Email the Business in Focus loan team on or call 01656 868545.