Fran's invitation to Downing Street

November 09 2013

SHOP boss Fran Gore was invited to Downing Street to celebrate the success of her fancy dress enterprise.

SHOP boss Fran Gore was invited to Downing Street to celebrate the success of her fancy dress enterprise. 

Fran, who runs Fancy Dress Fanatics at the bottom of Gloucester Road, was able to set up her business after being awarded funding from the Start Up Loans company.

Start Up Loans is a government-funded initiative providing support to entrepreneurs across England and Northern Ireland through repayable loans and business mentors.

The programme, whose chairman is former Dragons' Den investor, James Caan, was set up to support those who have a business idea but no financial backing, equipping individuals with the necessary tools to make their business successful.

Around 60 loan recipients were invited to take part in the Downing Street Market where the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and staff were able to browse and purchase items on sale.

Fran, 30, said: “I am delighted to have gone to Downing Street. I’m am also so grateful to Start Up Loans and James Caan for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to turn my business dream into a reality.”

Fancy Dress Fanatics was inspired by Fran's grandmother, Jo Lindsay. The 75-year-old has specialised in designing and creating period outfits and has worked as a professional costumier for BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company and Pinewood Studios.

Fran adds: “My Grandmother has been amazing - she’s made well over 100 costumes for me so far, and is making more all the time to add to the hire collection.
"But the biggest help has been her wonderful advice and knowledge of the industry. We’ve become quite a team and it’s brought us even closer together.”

Fancy Dress Fanatics specialises in hiring out regal attire, as well as TV and film-inspired costumes. The shop also sells packet costumes, wigs, accessories and face paints for all ages.

Find Fancy Dress Fanatics at 212 Cheltenham Road and follow them on Twitter @FancyDressFtics.

Fran Gore outside 10 Downing Street