A former teacher who struggled to work due to illness is now successfully running her own business making handcrafted personalised rag dolls – after receiving financial support from The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
Ruth Lord and her husband Andrew now run Dress-A-Doll, the only rag doll company that makes a doll with a full head of hair that can be styled on the open market.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has been ranked in the Top 25 Leicestershire charities in the Leicester Mercury’s ‘Leicestershire’s Top 200 Companies 2015’ publication.
The magazine, produced in association with De Montfort University and sponsored by Berkeley Insurance, ranks businesses and charities from across the county based on turnover and can be found in today’s Mercury (Tuesday 23rd June).
Helen Aston felt ‘disenchanted’ in her career as a teacher and set up Honey Bee’s Vintage Teas after she got married back in 2009.
She’s now ditched the classroom to supply vintage decorations for weddings and other special occasions.
With help from the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity her business has really taken off, and she already has bookings for her services as far in advance as 2018.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has once again demonstrated its commitment to developing businesses and individuals within Leicestershire and Rutland, through the quarterly approval of 16 interest-free loans, totalling £117,000.
Of this figure, £57,000 will be used to start up or develop businesses within the county. Five business loans will be used to help get new companies up and running, whilst an additional loan was approved to help develop the construction business of an existing borrower.
Emma Sammels is the owner of SIMPLY ACUPUNCTURE, one of the many unique and wonderful businesses we’ve provided financial support to.
Providing a range of acupuncture treatments tailored to each patient’s individual needs Emma can treat a range of ailments including anxiety, chronic fatigue and hay fever to name just a few.