The founder of a yogurt business says it was ‘a great privilege’ to be part of a reception hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron.
The reception celebrated the success of the Government’s Start Up Loans programme, which has provided loans to over 27,000 businesses totalling over £140m.
Tom Ley founded Yokel Yogurts, based on the Aylesbury Rabans Lane industrial estate, with the help of a £9,900 loan from the Government-backed company in October 2013.
Mr Ley’s inspiration came after he ate a fruit yogurt and was left disappointed by its taste.
Mr Ley said: “It was a great privilege to be part of the reception and to witness first hand how influential the scheme has become in helping new companies such as mine succeed.
“Meeting David is certainly an honour for the scrap book and having him enjoy our yogurts was a great reminder of how just far we’ve come over the last year.
“He liked all the flavours but strawberry was his favourite.
“I am looking to launch cherry and raspberry flavours later this year.”
Mr Cameron said: “Small firms play a huge role in the economy and are absolutely key to delivering our long term economic plan.
“Supporting new companies as they get off the ground creates jobs and opportunities for hard working people.
“That’s what our Start Up Loans are all about – giving people who want to work hard and get on the tools and confidence to turn their entrepreneurial vision into a reality.”