One stop shop supplies company receives £300,000 investment boost from Finance Yorkshire

Left to right: Finance Yorkshire Investment Director Ashwin Kumaraswamy and founder of Frillo​.co​.uk Gerard Toplass

A visionary new one stop shop for business supplies has received a £300,000 funding boost from Finance Yorkshire., which was founded in Hull by experienced entrepreneur Gerard Toplass in 2013, will use the money to create a cost-effective and price transparent online store delivering goods directly to its customers.

It will also act as a market place where suppliers and manufacturers can reach new customers.

The investment from Finance Yorkshire’s Seedcorn Fund was offered in exchange for a significant equity stake in the new ecommerce project.

Mr Toplass, who has a vast experience of both starting and growing businesses, said: “Companies are increasingly choosing to purchase essential office supplies online.

“While this is convenient, it does take time to co-ordinate the purchasing of everyday office supplies across multiple websites as there’s still a lack of transparency about what is a good deal and what is not because the mark-ups on different items vary wildly.

“Our aim is to provide a one stop shop where businesses can purchase 99 per cent of their everyday requirements easily. Think Amazon, but for business – and at a cost that our customers know is good value.”

Frillo is currently recruiting like-minded suppliers who see the potential in the innovative online supply and delivery business.

Finance Yorkshire Investment Director Ashwin Kumaraswamy said: “Gerard Toplass is a company director with a vast experience of taking early stage companies to market, where stakeholder relationships play a key role in the success of the business.”

Alex McWhirter, Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire, said: “Finance Yorkshire invests across Yorkshire and Humber in small and medium sized businesses that show great potential. We are delighted to be backing this venture, which is both innovative and has great growth opportunities.

“Frillo has a great business model, an experienced board and we believe a bright future.”

Lord Chris Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: "The Humber is a great place to start a new business with good connectivity and plenty of support and opportunities.

“We congratulate on starting their enterprise with support from Finance Yorkshire. We wish them well and look forward to seeing them contribute to the Humber economy."

To date Finance Yorkshire has made 515 investments totalling over £63 million.

Finance Yorkshire has been developed as a European JEREMIE* initiative and is capitalised by grants from UK Government (£15m), European Regional Development Fund (£30m) and finance from the European Investment Bank (£45m).

Finance Yorkshire provides seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15,000 to £2m to help a range of small and medium sized businesses to meet their funding requirements for growth and development.

The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £30million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme, £15million from UK Government and £45million match funding from the European Investment Bank.

For more information about Finance Yorkshire, please visit or call 0845 649 0000.

Note: this news article is from Finance Yorkshire’s previous fund. Read more about Finance Yorkshire