Swansea-based restaurant, Truffle gets a fresh face.


Business partners Jodie Barlow-Haynes and Jonathan Cox have revamped the restaurant Truffle, with thanks in part to a start-up loan of £50,000 from Business in Focus – an official delivery partner for the Start Up Loans Company.

The Brynmill based restaurant, now run by Jodie and Jonathan, was established 12 years ago and has been successful ever since. The pair plan to carry on Truffle’s offering of a 3 course set menu and “bring your own” alcohol policy. Jonathan has been a chef for over 20 years and will be running the kitchen cooking the Mediterranean cuisine, whilst Jodie manages the front of house.

The pair contacted Business in Focus – an official delivery partner for the Start Up Loans Company – and received support in the form of writing a business plan, finance forecasting, and applying for a Start Up Loan.

The couple decided whilst travelling that they wanted to make a lifestyle change away from Jodie’s desk job and Jon’s long chef hours. Once home, they heard that Truffle was on the market and snapped it up.

Both Jodie and Jonathan received a loan of £25,000 each from Business in Focus Start Up Loan scheme, which enabled them to purchase the lease, goodwill, and company. The Start Up Loan scheme offers low interest personal loans to help start new businesses, or for businesses under two years old which need funding to grow.

Jodie said; “None of this would have been possible without the support from Business in Focus, and the funding they helped us to access. Our adviser has been brilliant; he helped with the business plan and the loan application. None of this would have been possible without the service.”

The pair plan to close Truffle for a week to refurbish slightly, and will continue to run the restaurant the way it has been run for the past 12 years.

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