All smiles as new frozen yoghurt shop opens up in north Belfast
A barrister turned retail entrepreneur has opened a frozen yoghurt and coffee house in north Belfast with the help of Barclays Bank.
Gavan Wall, who already owns three Spar shops and four Subways in Belfast, has brought his own YoggieBerrie brand to the public with its first outlet on the Antrim Road.
His £675,000 cash injection from Barclays also enabled him to open a new Subway on Springfield Road in Belfast.He opened YoggieBerrie at the Fortwilliam shops earlier this month with the creation of 13 new jobs.
Mr Wall said: "We saw a gap in the market for a new business venture in north Belfast and initially explored an ice cream theme.
"This then developed into a coffee house, frozen yoghurt and ice cream business.
"We knew we wanted to create something really different and fun, and have something for everyone, where everyone could have a good time, and so the YoggieBerrie brand was born."
He said he hoped to have "multiple outlets" across Northern Ireland in the future.
"We met with several banks but it was Barclays which really bought into what we were trying to create and had a clear understanding of our specific needs."
Gavin Campbell, relationship director at Barclays, added: "Barclays is keen to support SMEs here in Northern Ireland.
"The YoggieBerrie concept fitted the bill and we were able to develop a bespoke financial package.
"We were very impressed by the professionalism Gavan has shown in building his business portfolio to date and his enthusiasm for the many opportunities that lie ahead."
He added: "The successful creation of the YoggieBerrie brand is testament to the thought and effort he devotes to his business."