Business Loans

We are an Equal Opportunity organisation, providing loans for new business ideas and young businesses needing investment. Eligible candidates may borrow up to £20,000 interest free for 9 years to establish themselves in their chosen career.

To be eligible for consideration for a loan you must be:

    • over 18 and under 35 years of age;
    • resident in Leicestershire or Rutland and wanting to start a business or have run one
      for less than four years;
    • going to base or be running the business in Leicestershire or Rutland;
    • have liquid assets of less than £40,000;
    • able to personally demonstrate that the business has the potential to succeed;
    • able to demonstrate that you have a real need for the loan and that the project
      would not proceed without assistance from the charity; meaning that you are able to
      demonstrate insufficient personal funds or credit status to secure the funds required
      from elsewhere.

How it works

    1. You can  telephone 0116 204 6620, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page for application details. You will need 2 to 3 guarantors for the loan.
    2. Once completed, return the application pack together with your business plan.
    3. An interview will then be arranged with a small group of Trustees to discuss your business idea. These take place in February, May, August and November. Applications are required at least 4 weeks prior to the interview dates.
    4. If successful, you and your guarantors will sign a joint and several bond. This procedure will require:
      – 2 guarantors are required to £10,000, each guaranteeing a maximum of £5,000.
      – 3 guarantors are required from £10,001 to £20,000, each guaranteeing a maximum of £7,500 OR 2 guarantors each guaranteeing a maximum of £10,000.
    5. The loan is interest free for 9 years, but becomes repayable by equal instalments after 3 years.

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