The Entrepreneurs Club - Business Opportunities

LOADIE LTD
£350,000

Loadie is a mobile application designed to link organisations with pallets, abnormal loads or parcels with local drivers who can take the loads there and then. The application effectively works in exactly the same way as Uber - but with a focus on logistics. The driver application will be available on Apple iOS and Android and the Customer management system/load management system will be available online.

In the last 10 years the number of owner operated “White Van” commercial vehicles has increased by 30% to nearly 4 Million. However, many of these individuals/companies do not have regular work and despite new technology and increases in large Pallet networks, the number of empty backloads in the UK has increased since 2000. The difference in empty backloads within that timescale has added more carbon dioxide to the environment than the entirety of installed solar power removed within that time.

At the same time, the relentless increase in e-commerce transactions has meant that organisations need to reduce delivery time to remain competitive. Thus the pressure for faster deliveries and more transparency has become ever more critical to companies, particularly within the retail sector.

Loadie has been designed to address both these issues and the ubiquity of Smart Phones means that there should be little barrier to entry for the application. The App is free to download and use by both drivers and companies placing the loads. Using Loadie, drivers who are currently underutilised or on zero hours contracts can find work without having to go through complex bidding processes. Even large Logistics organisations will be able to reduce unfilled backloads and the loads they pick up are much more likely to be “ready to go”. The customer can track the driver, whilst on route to the pick-up, making it much easier to plan warehouse pace and staff. This will reduce customer enquiries and increase customer satisfaction as the delivery can also be tracked by the recipient all the way to its destination.

Additionally, many logistics companies will not take pick up requests after 12.00 this makes same day delivery and “hot sale” opportunities difficult to organise. However, Loadie enables loads to be collected at unusual or “out of contract” hours with no extra charges. Companies will be given a list of average delivery charges but on each occasion they will decide the cost of their own load. If no interest is shown by drivers then they will be notified of the need to increase the price.

Loadie takes full payment for each load cost and deducts 15% as its own revenue, before passing on the balance to the driver, once a satisfactory delivery has been made. Additional revenue will be derived from a “Loadie +” subscription service of £9.99 per month which provides privileged access to loads and dynamic routing services. Other revenue streams include insurance referrals, vehicle hire and renewal, fuel cards and advertising.

To date Management has invested £80,000 in developing the Loadie App and is now seeking £350,000 to take it to market. To take advantage of this completely new segment within the logistics market the marketing will be highly targeted and aggressive. Equity is negotiable and participation encouraged by suitable investors. An exit is planned via a trade sale or Public listing. However, it is anticipated that when this application gains market traction it is very likely to be a target for acquisition.


LOVE BOMB CUSHIONS LTD
£100,000

Love Bomb Cushions (LBC) is a family run business based in the heart of Yorkshire that specialises in the manufacture of licensed novelty cushions and plush gifts. Operating since 2015, LBC hold the license for emoji®- company for the UK and Eire and the World-Wide license for Joe Turds®, Turds World® and are currently in final contract negotiations for the Pan European license for Slush Puppie®.

The LBC management team collectively has over 50 years’ experience in sales and marketing. In this time, they have developed a talented network of trusted partners who are some of the most talented business individuals in their respective fields. They come together with a common goal which is to make Love Bomb Cushions the number 1 manufacturer of licensed novelty cushions and plush in the world.

Love Bomb Cushions has been trading since late 2015 and to date has generated over £600,000 in turnover with a GP of 46% and NP or 18%. This autumn LBC products will be on the High Street in 161 Debenhams stores and 250 Supermarkets. With Purchase Orders of £80,000 and escalating sell-through-replenishment forward orders speculated for Supermarkets of £70,000 in addition to Debenhams initial online catalogue Purchase Order of £10,000, Love Bomb Cushion’s position as the go to brand will be further solidified.

In addition, Love Bomb Cushions also supply a vast number of wholesale customers ranging from Holiday Parks, Leisure Attractions such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Company also supplies Homeware Stores, Garden Centres and Motorway Service Stations such as Welcome and Road Chef, not to mention the independent Giftware Sector. Love Bomb Cushions also use its Website and Augmented Reality app to supply directly to B2C consumers via www.lovebombcushions.co.uk

Over 6 billion Emoji’s are sent every day. Emoji’s are seen on mobiles, tablets and PC’s keyboards, in gaming, when friends are talking using social media. Furthermore, the Joe Turds® license has been obtained by LBC in recognition of the success of Poo emoji which is commonly used and is the most purchased by LBC customers with ratios as high as 4-1 to other Emoji.

The Joe Turds® range offers mainstream appeal through an animated series that is in development together with graphic novels. Holding the worldwide license for this range, Love Bomb Cushions are able to exploit the $251 billion global retail market by working with the Licensors directly with their networks in the US, Far East and of course with Love Bomb Cushions existing customer base and new customers.

Love Bomb Cushions intends to introduce and showcase the Slush Puppie® giftware and plush lines in spring 2018. Initial conversations with buyers have produced a hugely positive reaction to this third licence and management predict a great return on this investment. Love Bomb Cushions will also commence an annual market review for an additional licence to add to its portfolio to enable them to achieve a target of £3,000,000 turnover per annum by 2020.

Love Bomb Cushions are now keen to take advantage of their current position and are therefore looking for investment of £100,000 which will be used to provide stock to meet peak demand this Christmas, develop new licenses and enable us to further strengthen the business.


ERES TU PAPA LTD

Eres Tu Papa Ltd is a British company dedicated to the production of high quality, marketable films outside the inflated Hollywood budget infrastructure. To create opportunities for profitability, the Company works with popular genres that have demonstrated their ability to provide solid box office sales on lower budgets and where there is consistent audience demand. They have recently completed filming of Cuban psychological horror film ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ (‘Is that you?’). It tells the story of 13 year old Lili who uses a ritual in the hope of finding her missing father but, when the ritual goes wrong, the lives of Lili and those around her become endangered.

The Company is now seeking equity investment of £100,000 to complete ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ In addition to an attractive equity deal, investors will receive an Executive Producer credit and two invitations to the premiere, joining the cast and crew on the red carpet at an international film festival. Advance assurance for the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) has been obtained from HMRC, which offers income tax relief to investors. ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ has received interim approval for certification as a British film, so investors also benefit from the fact that the Company can claim 25% of UK core expenditure as a tax credit. This investment opportunity is being offered for a limited time, to ensure the film is completed in time for submission to the Sundance Film Festival for a premiere in January 2018, as this will provide the best venue for securing valuable distribution deals.

The film is forecast to provide a significant return on investment for several reasons: Firstly, lower costs in Cuba enabled the Company to keep the budget low while delivering a quality high production. Through personal contacts, the Company brought together a crew made up of the best professionals in the industry and Cuban actors who have international reputations. The father is played by Osvaldo Doimeadiós, one of the best actors in Cuba who has had major roles in numerous films. The cinematographer is Raul Perez Ureta, cinematographer for some of the best Cuban films in the last 25 years, with ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ being the fiftieth film he has made. The producer is Emma Berkofsky, Head of Development at Lionsgate UK, who has 25 years experience in the film industry.

Secondly, horror, and particularly psychological horror, is a consistently popular genre and does well on lower budgets. Fear is fear no matter what the language, so horror does well in international sales. ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ is the first psychological horror film to be made in Cuba, distinguish it from other offerings in the horror genre.

Thirdly, the worldwide Spanish speaking market is huge. This includes the US, which is the most valuable territory for film, where Spanish speakers are the fastest growing demographic in terms of box office numbers.

Finally, as well as providing an atmospheric backdrop that is perfect for a horror film, Cuba holds a fascination for Western audiences, so the film will also to people who want to gain a different view of Cuban life. Working with the horror genre, ‘Eres tú, papá?’ shows a Cuban family and Cuban life in a way that avoids the stereotyped image of Cuba made up of sun, salsa, cigars, tourists, and rum. Now is the right time for this film, capturing the distinctive nature of Cuba before it changes.



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The Entrepreneurs Club
(Leeds & Sheffield)

Back Office
1, The Avenue
Harewood
Leeds
LS17 9LD

Tel : 0113 288 6898 or 07791 848 386
Email: info@TheEntrepreneursClub.com