By Jack Williams
A YOUNG female entrepreneur from Lees has found a business match made in heaven with support from a national charity.
Bekka Simpson has received a business loan from the Prince’s Trust following a successful ‘Dragon’s Den style’ pitch, which will see her open a bohemian inspired bridal store in Uppermill.
‘Frock & Soul’ is set to open on Monday, October 24, sharing a business premises with Tim Simpson Photography on New Street.
Bekka, a 26-year-old Fashion, Photography and Styling degree graduate, completed a Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme, gained financial backing and a business mentor, earlier this year.
On her new business venture, she commented: “I’m really excited to finally be opening Frock & Soul.
“I’ve always had a passion for bridal and for the fashion industry but I’m all about people. I can’t wait to help match brides up with their perfect wedding day look that will truly reflect their unique personality and allow them to look and feel the best version of themselves on their special day.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Prince’s Trust for their support but also to my Dad and Step-Mum who are allowing me to share floor space at Tim Simpson Photography. The two businesses complement each other well.”
Frock & Soul will be the only stockists in the North of England, and only the second in the UK, to sell items by designers Theia, Anais Anette and Hazel Boydell as well as one of the first in the UK to stock upcoming London designer Poppy Dover.
Bekka added: “We will have dresses and accessories from bespoke and beautiful designers from around the world and our collections will consistently keep to current fashion trends whilst remaining true to Frock & Soul’s bohemian roots.
“I aim to bring cutting edge designers from overseas to the North West, whilst also supporting up and coming British designers.”
Frock & Soul will be hosting an event at the store on October 23, from 6.30pm, to mark its official opening the following day.