Crust Like That

An Isle of Lewis pizza takeaway has successfully launched after accessing over £3,000 of funding through Business Gateway.

Gerald Sherman-Earp, Crust Like That

Founded by Gerald Sherman-Earp, Crust Like That serves fresh and authentic Neapolitan style pizza from a converted shipping container and is the first of its kind in the region.

Business Gateway worked with Gerald on his business plan to ensure it was robust enough to secure funding.  Following this initial support, Gerald successfully secured a grant of £2,500 through the Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneurs Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS) and accessed a £1,000 loan from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Revolving Loan Fund through Business Gateway.  This allowed him to invest in a full-size commercial wood burning pizza oven required for the takeaway business.   OHYESS is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and delivered by Business Gateway.

Gerald was also able to create two part time positions and has since launched an online ordering service. He anticipates that he will be able to take on two more staff on a part time basis to cope with seasonal demand across the spring and summer months.

Gerald said: “Starting a business in 2020 was definitely a risk. However, Business Gateway ensured I was able to successfully launch my business, providing vital support that helped me secure the necessary funding. They helped me expand my wider business network and gave me advice about funding, premises and regulations which was all vital as I got my business off the ground. 

Crust Like That

“Looking forward to spring, I’m excited to welcome more local residents and future tourists, while making the most of the Business Gateway resources on offer.”

As well as crucial funding, the business also received a variety of start-up support to help with the launch phase during the COVID-19 pandemic which included one-to-one advisory support and access to online resources via the Business Gateway website.

Fiona Chisholm, adviser, Business Gateway, said: “The first months of setting up a business are always the most important and, by supporting Gerald with his initial business plan and introducing him to our local business networks, we were able to provide him with the confidence he needed to launch and grow his business.

“It’s rewarding to see Gerald’s initial idea come together and the business has been incredibly well received by residents on the island. With the aim to hire two more part time employees, the business is set for a positive future, and we look forward to supporting Gerald as he continues to grow.”

To find out more about Business Gateway and its services, please visit the Business Gateway (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.