Inspiring Enterprise | Startup
When life you gives you lemons…Inspiring Enterprise helps former accountant set up a juice bar
Bulgarian Lyusien Byalkov had the idea to set up a juice bar after the first lockdown in May 2020, when he was at home making juices every day.
“This made me think that may be not everybody has time to make juices themselves, so why not try to open a Juice Bar.”
A former salesman for a large company back in Bulgaria, Lyusien already had some of the necessary skills to set up his own business with a Degree in Accountancy and a Master’s in Public Finance.
He also previously worked as an accountant for the same large company for two years, which gave him a good grounding to start his own business. In addition to having a lot of friends in the business community back home who could advise him, he was confident he had the skills necessary to get started.
“I thought, I’m a smart person and all the previous experience and knowledge I have from my previous roles I can use in my own business now!”
Lyusien found himself out of work from his job as a supervisor in construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the jobcentre put him in touch with Enterprise Specialist Paul Creeden of Inspiring Enterprise. He is full of praise for Paul,
“He is a wonderful person. He was always positive! The communication with him was always smooth and motivating. He helped me answer all question that I had difficulties with. He is just unique person!”
After months of hard work, Lyusien is now operating from his own colourful small juice bar – The Juice Bar UK with the slogan “Drink Fresh” in Islington.
He has big plans for the future,
“I want to establish my business in the market as a name, logo and brand that will make people smile and enjoy visiting the juice bar. My dream is to have seven or more shops across central London.”
Lyusien has great advice for anyone beginning their own entrepreneurial journey:
“My advice for anyone just starting out is to learn by your experiences, give 110% to every project, then you will succeed. But most of all, never give up!”
WSX Enterprise Ltd is a business support organisation delivering a range of start-up, business growth and digital skills projects across the UK.
Their Inspiring Enterprise project ran from 2016 until 2023 in Hampshire and Surrey. Our team of experts advised, mentored and supported over 1000 people to find a better future by moving them into self-employment, employment or training.
The project is currently not taking any new enquiries and will finish in April 2023.
It was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Union European Social Fund.