New chip shop owner following in dad's footsteps

REFURBISHED: Rehan Rasul in the Salt and Vinegar chip shop in Malpas Road, Newport

REFURBISHED: Rehan Rasul in the Salt and Vinegar chip shop in Malpas Road, Newport

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A NEWPORT chip shop owner who is following in his father’s footsteps has given his business a refurbishment thanks to a Welsh Government loan.

Former sales manager Rehan Rasul re-launched and refurbished the Salt and Vinegar fish and chip shop, on Malpas Road, after receiving a £15,000 start-up loan.

It is Mr Rasul’s first business venture but the chip shop hopeful said he plans to expand the chain across the city.

He said: “I’d love to open a chain of Salt and Vinegar shops across Newport but, for the moment, I’m concentrating on promoting my current shop to locals and want to make it the chippie of choice.”

The Welsh Government’s Business Wales Start Up Service, which provides additional funding and low interest loans to entrepreneurs, has helped nearly 300 business since they were launched in October 2013.

Mr Rasul acquired the shop, which was already a thriving business, as a going concern in November last year, but could only finish getting it ready for business thanks to the £15,000.

Mr Rasul, whose father used to own and run his own fish and chip shop business, now has five years to pay back the loans which are set at a fixed rate of interest.

He said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be my own boss. My father had run a successful fish and chip shop before he retired and he’s over the moon to see me follow in those same footsteps.

“Whilst leaving the security of a full-time role was daunting at first, the support and the investment from Start Up Loan Company, the bank and my family gave me the boost I needed and also the finances to acquire the business, as well as to make my own mark on it straight away.”

Mr Rasul, who worked in a renewable energies company for 12 years, had purchased the business and property last year thanks to a Lloyds TSB loan, but the Start Up loan mean he could finish the refurbishments.

He said: “Since opening in January this year, we have had a fantastic reception from locals, who were familiar with the previous business, and we have been busy every day. Long may that continue.”

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7:53am Thu 14 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Hmm. So the WAG who think they have a problem with obesity are helping fund a fish and chip shop. Yeah, that sounds about barmy enough for them.
Hmm. So the WAG who think they have a problem with obesity are helping fund a fish and chip shop. Yeah, that sounds about barmy enough for them. Stevenboy
  • Score: -11

8:29am Thu 14 Aug 14

warneboy says...

Additives/preservati
ve free fish&chips V American Junk food. FISH&CHIPS the healthy choice.
Additives/preservati ve free fish&chips V American Junk food. FISH&CHIPS the healthy choice. warneboy
  • Score: 7

9:33am Thu 14 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him. landyman3030
  • Score: 3

12:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

arjwain says...

landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
[quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one . arjwain
  • Score: -6

12:23pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Jinxey says...

arjwain wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
It's not another one, he's taken over an existing one.
[quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one .[/p][/quote]It's not another one, he's taken over an existing one. Jinxey
  • Score: 6

1:06pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

He will have trouble making any money there.
There are loads of takeaways in the same street.
Too much choice = less take.
The people who were there before couldn't make a go of it because of the competition from other eateries.
They would have done well in the past when there were less outlets.
He will have trouble making any money there. There are loads of takeaways in the same street. Too much choice = less take. The people who were there before couldn't make a go of it because of the competition from other eateries. They would have done well in the past when there were less outlets. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: -1

1:10pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

arjwain wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
That is how they manage to open lots of shops.
Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people.
And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.
[quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one .[/p][/quote]That is how they manage to open lots of shops. Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people. And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: -12

1:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

arjwain says...

Jinxey wrote:
arjwain wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
It's not another one, he's taken over an existing one.
so they made loads of money and decided to give someone else there good fortune . lol
[quote][p][bold]Jinxey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one .[/p][/quote]It's not another one, he's taken over an existing one.[/p][/quote]so they made loads of money and decided to give someone else there good fortune . lol arjwain
  • Score: -6

1:57pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jimmytheone2 says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
arjwain wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
That is how they manage to open lots of shops.
Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people.
And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.
What???
That's some pretty big assumptions and speculation for that tiny little brain of yours to be making.
You do spout some rubbish. Are you Welshmen in disguise?
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one .[/p][/quote]That is how they manage to open lots of shops. Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people. And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.[/p][/quote]What??? That's some pretty big assumptions and speculation for that tiny little brain of yours to be making. You do spout some rubbish. Are you Welshmen in disguise? jimmytheone2
  • Score: 4

2:40pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

jimmytheone2 wrote:
Cymru Am Beth wrote:
arjwain wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
That is how they manage to open lots of shops.
Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people.
And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.
What???
That's some pretty big assumptions and speculation for that tiny little brain of yours to be making.
You do spout some rubbish. Are you Welshmen in disguise?
Please tell me which part you think is rubbish with your reasons?
[quote][p][bold]jimmytheone2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one .[/p][/quote]That is how they manage to open lots of shops. Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people. And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.[/p][/quote]What??? That's some pretty big assumptions and speculation for that tiny little brain of yours to be making. You do spout some rubbish. Are you Welshmen in disguise?[/p][/quote]Please tell me which part you think is rubbish with your reasons? Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: -10

7:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

arjwain says...

jimmytheone2 wrote:
Cymru Am Beth wrote:
arjwain wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.
how will he create more jobs ? and for who .
they are always family run businesses ,like there shops .
so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ?
im sure we needed another one .
That is how they manage to open lots of shops.
Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people.
And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.
What???
That's some pretty big assumptions and speculation for that tiny little brain of yours to be making.
You do spout some rubbish. Are you Welshmen in disguise?
well said jimmytheone2
[quote][p][bold]jimmytheone2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: This man will create more jobs then the Rassau racetrack debacle will. Good luck to him.[/p][/quote]how will he create more jobs ? and for who . they are always family run businesses ,like there shops . so how many fish and chip shops are in newport now ? im sure we needed another one .[/p][/quote]That is how they manage to open lots of shops. Keep the overheads very low by employing mostly their own people. And I suspect that most of their fayre is halal, so doesn't seem particularly traditional as they claim.[/p][/quote]What??? That's some pretty big assumptions and speculation for that tiny little brain of yours to be making. You do spout some rubbish. Are you Welshmen in disguise?[/p][/quote]well said jimmytheone2 arjwain
  • Score: 2

8:16pm Thu 14 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

"Bigot and Chips"...really big in parts of Newport. And the great thing is, unlike Cod or Monkfish, there is really never any shortage of fresh Newport bigots. Neverending.
"Bigot and Chips"...really big in parts of Newport. And the great thing is, unlike Cod or Monkfish, there is really never any shortage of fresh Newport bigots. Neverending. KarloMarko
  • Score: 5

7:31am Fri 15 Aug 14

mikewelsh says...

Mr Rasul acquired the shop, which was already a thriving business, as a going concern.

I thought WGA grants where for New start businesses?
Mr Rasul acquired the shop, which was already a thriving business, as a going concern. I thought WGA grants where for New start businesses? mikewelsh
  • Score: 0

9:23am Fri 15 Aug 14

displayed says...

A chip off the ole block eh................
A chip off the ole block eh................ displayed
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

There really are some unbelievably bored people on these pages; myself included, but I'm a nice bored person.

Good luck to him. I've had chips from there and they were ace.
There really are some unbelievably bored people on these pages; myself included, but I'm a nice bored person. Good luck to him. I've had chips from there and they were ace. Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: 0

7:49pm Fri 15 Aug 14

PMRM18 says...

This is the best this chippy has been for years.I remember when there were seats in this chippy and it was not the best then. Since its been taken over ,the chips are always fresh and nice size bags,i think they will do fine.
This is the best this chippy has been for years.I remember when there were seats in this chippy and it was not the best then. Since its been taken over ,the chips are always fresh and nice size bags,i think they will do fine. PMRM18
  • Score: 1

8:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

arjwain says...

PMRM18 wrote:
This is the best this chippy has been for years.I remember when there were seats in this chippy and it was not the best then. Since its been taken over ,the chips are always fresh and nice size bags,i think they will do fine.
i'll stick to the .CHIP STOP ..down pill £ 1.80 FOR A HUGE LARGE bag ..to much for one person ..so i take the mrs out for a meal in my car and we share :)
[quote][p][bold]PMRM18[/bold] wrote: This is the best this chippy has been for years.I remember when there were seats in this chippy and it was not the best then. Since its been taken over ,the chips are always fresh and nice size bags,i think they will do fine.[/p][/quote]i'll stick to the .CHIP STOP ..down pill £ 1.80 FOR A HUGE LARGE bag ..to much for one person ..so i take the mrs out for a meal in my car and we share :) arjwain
  • Score: 3

11:25pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Strider says...

God its like the internet equivalent of the Expendables 3 these days

If I was in a room with Hitler, Stalin and Username and I had a gun with only 2 bullets I'd shoot Username2 twice!!! I once invited Username2 to meet me but he refused as it frightened him/her/it, like meeting your favourite celebrity HA
God its like the internet equivalent of the Expendables 3 these days If I was in a room with Hitler, Stalin and Username and I had a gun with only 2 bullets I'd shoot Username2 twice!!! I once invited Username2 to meet me but he refused as it frightened him/her/it, like meeting your favourite celebrity HA Strider
  • Score: 1

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