Turan GunesTruva Meze and Grill
Business owner Turan Gunes moved to Northern Ireland in 2004, with plans to finally open a restaurant of his own. He and his wife already had a business plan and branded visuals in place, so when a local restaurant moved location they took over the property to launch Truva Meze and Grill.
As they began to grow the business, Turan worked hard on his menu and style. He found that the local community were used to eating local fare that was very different from the Mediterranean cuisine he wanted to introduce. So at his restaurant he prioritised fresh ingredients, local produce and authentic spices. He had a clear passion for the business and poured all of his time and resources into making it something people would love.
And it worked. The restaurant began to gather a loyal following in Northern Ireland and pick up some impressive reviews along the way; winning several local restaurant awards too.
But as with the growth of many small businesses, Truva Meze and Grill’s success steamed ahead and at times left the business behind financially. Bills would come in and Turan would have to consider cutbacks and changes in order to meet them. So he spoke to his card payment provider, Worldpay about finding a solution.
“Trust is hugely important and I wouldn’t trust just anyone to help us,” says Turan. “So I went with Worldpay Business Finance because it’s a reliable company and the way their funding works, it doesn’t affect me.”
Working with Worldpay Business Finance, Turan took out a Business Cash Advance. This was a more flexible way to fund Turan’s business growth, as the repayments are taken automatically as a fixed percentage of his daily customer credit and debit card takings.
“My repayments just come straight from the customer payments which is great. A very different way of thinking too, I like the idea and the way it’s put together. It’s not a like a loan, there aren’t any big chunks of money, and the debt goes away very quickly.”
“Because I don’t even see the money go, it’s a huge weight off my shoulders. And the money I would have had to sacrifice for bills can now go towards something else for the restaurant like new promotions or entertainment. It all works together very well and I have already recommended Worldpay Business Finance to my friends in the industry.”