The owner of a popular Aberdeen eatery told how a government-backed programme helped her start her career.
The business is one of the 3,100 in Scotland that has received a loan from the government-backed Start Up Loans Company.
Mechelle Clark, founder of Melt Aberdeen on Holburn Street, received a low-interest loan of £20,000 to set up her own business.
After being made redundant twice in the same year from the oil and gas industry, Mechelle now generates a £130,000 turnover and has plans to open a second store this year.
She said: “I’ve always had a passion for cooking, and after being made redundant and attending up to 60 job interviews, I decided enough was enough and it was time to set up my open business doing what I love.
“There have been challenges along the way, such as the collapse of the local economy hit by the struggling oil and gas industry, but the financial backing I received from the Start Up Loans Company has helped my business grow.”