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Syndicate Tattoos

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Passionate about the art of tattooing, Steven Boyd has set up his own business, Syndicate Tattoos, which he runs out of a shed at the bottom of his mum's garden in Lochmaben's Queen Street.

"I was looking for premises and came up with the shed idea," says Steven. "It's fully equipped and offers a different kind of setting for customers. People really need to see it to believe it!"

Since opening in September last year he has been "overwhelmed" with interest and work. In the run up to Christmas, he worked full-time to create bespoke tattoo art for people of all ages.

"Thanks to my Facebook page, I'm being approached by people with designs in mind, or who are looking to find out what I would recommend. Tattoo art is very personal and it's my mission to ensure that everyone is delighted with the finished look. After all, I am making a permanent mark! I'm pleased to say that my reputation is gaining momentum. I have customers from across the region and am getting really good feedback. "

With a flair for art and love of tattoos Steven says that his new business has been a dream come true. "I came across a tattoo kit a few years back, and it was second nature for me to start practising and work up designs. It just so happened that I was made redundant from my job at the tome and after a spell of temporary contracts, I felt that a business opportunity was either going to happen now or not at all. Setting up Syndicate Tattoos has been the best solution all round. I'm finally doing something that I am passionate about. It is also rewarding to know that I'm providing a future for my four year old daughter."

To ensure business success Steven, who is a licenced tattoo artist, has been working closely with Business Gateway Plus and Lindsey Mason, Dumfries and Galloway Council's Young Entrepreneur Co-ordinator. She helped him secure funding from the Beyond Chapelcross CX Project.

Steven says "Lindsey is an invaluable contact and advisor for my business. Thanks to the start-up grant, I was able to kit out the shed and buy essential equipment. I had a business idea, which was quite simple really. Seeing the end result and watch it become a reality has been pretty amazing."

Young Entrepreneur Project

Young business owners between the ages of 18 and 25 years can apply to the Young Entrepreneur Project for start-up grants if their business is in the Dumfries and Galloway postcode areas of DG10 to DG16. In certain, limited circumstances support is available for business owners up to age 30.

For more information:
Contact Business Gateway on 01387 808738.

Businesses outside the age limits, but within the same postcode areas can enquire about funding from the CX Project.
For more information contact Business Gateway on 01387 808738.