Meet the Doncaster businessman who named a new ice cream brand after his pet Labrador

Richard Young, Black Dog Ices and Gillian Pickard, Investment Manager at Finance For Enterprise.
Richard Young, Black Dog Ices and Gillian Pickard, Investment Manager at Finance For Enterprise.
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A former business adviser has established a new ice cream company in Doncaster after securing the funds to build his business from Finance For Enterprise.

Richard Young launched his new venture Black Dog Ices, which is named after his beloved pet Labrador, in a bid to bring back classic flavours. Working with a dedicated investment manager, he was able to secure the funds he needed with a Start-Up loan, which supports pre-start and new businesses.

A spokesman said: "Drawing on his 14 years’ experience supporting other aspiring entrepreneurs, Richard decided to practice what he preached, calling on his business knowledge, contacts and passion for ice cream to pioneer his new business which is based in Doncaster market.

"With premises secured in Doncaster Market’s international food hall, and having perfected his recipes at home, Richard realised there was only barrier in his way – securing the vital funds needed to purchase the essential ice-cream making equipment his business was dependent upon and he approached Finance For Enterprise for help."

Mr Young's ice creams are produced using the classic French custard method. They are made using wholly natural and locally sourced ingredients with no artificial flavours, additives or preservatives.

He has called on fellow traders from Doncaster market to supply his business, and even raided the fruit bushes in his own garden.

Today, Black Dog Ices produces more than 14 flavours of ice cream and 15 flavours of ice lollies.

He is now hoping to expand his business by collaborating with local restaurants and shops.

Richard Young, the founder of Black Dog Ices, said: “After spending so much time in my career working with entrepreneurs who had decided to follow their passions and build businesses around their interests, I felt I was ready to try myself. I’d found the perfect location for my business, refined the manufacturing process and all that stood in my way was sourcing the funds to purchase the essential refrigeration equipment I needed to make the business viable.

“I knew about Finance For Enterprise through my work as a business adviser, and contacted them to see whether my business idea could access the lending it needed. Working with Gillian Pickard, I was able to access a Start-up loan and after preparing my business plan and cashflow forecasts, securing the lending I needed was a very straightforward process. Coming from a business advice background I knew what was required of me to get the ball rolling and Finance For Enterprise was regularly on-hand to provide support as and when it was required. I produce my ice cream in quite small batches, which means that I can often re-create or develop flavours to appeal to my customers, helping them to enjoy flavours from their childhoods or even creating new recipes to suit their tastes. Although the business is relatively new, I’m really pleased with how the business has been developing and evolving and as a result of the lending I’ve received from Finance For Enterprise, I’m hoping more people will be able to enjoy my range of ice creams.”

Gillian Pickard, Investment Manager at Finance For Enterprise, said: “Entrepreneurs like Richard can often find it difficult to find funding for their innovative business ideas via traditional high-street lenders, especially when there is no proven trading history. However, we understand that most businesses are built on knowledge, expertise and business acumen – qualities which Richard clearly had in abundance. He backed up his ideas with a well thought out business plan, and a strong USP and we were able to help him secure the funding his business needed to realise his ambitions.

“After receiving the Start Up Loan funding, Richard purchased the equipment he needed to start making his wide selection of flavoursome ice creams, and we’d like to wish him every success with his new business venture.”

Finance For Enterprise is a delivery partner of Start Up Loans UK, an initiative backed by the British Business Bank.