A new online store offering bespoke printed gifts and photography packages has opened its doors in Rotherham thanks to a funding grant from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

Jem Photography & Gifts specialises in the creation of personalised gifts including mugs, cushions and slate, whilst also offering photography sessions with Founder, David Asbery, an experienced animal photographer.

The £500 funding from UKSE – an organisation tasked with supporting growing businesses in areas affected by changes to the steel industry – contributed to the investment in a piece of specialist equipment which has allowed David to expand his portfolio of products.

In addition to launching the online store, David also travels around the region to showcase his products at events and provides a hireable photo booth service.

David said: “The funding I have received from UKSE will help towards growing my product range and establishing my business.

“Having worked in photography for many years, I am delighted to have launched Jem Photography & Gifts which allows my customers to purchase personalised gifts in addition to professional photography.”

Alan Stanley added: “Our Kickstart grants are designed to support the launch and growth of small businesses and it’s excellent to see that David has been able to expand his offering to clients and continue to work in an industry he is so passionate about.

“The business is already enjoying success just months after launching, and we hope that our contribution will allow it to continue to grow and thrive.”