Music tuition is a common experience for children throughout their school years and a lot of those stories are very similar.
Using rented equipment in a one-on-one session with a tutor, prodigy musicians make their way through the seemingly never-ending list of grades and qualifications – the exact experience that Mike Heaps of Room For Music had. That was until he decided to do something about it and revolutionise music teaching for the next generation.
He said: “Room for Music was established about eight years ago now. My goal was to provide an alternative approach to music tuition and specifically contemporary music tuition.
“Rather than one-on-one lessons, which is how most young people learn an instrument, I wanted to focus more around a group workshop style of teaching. I was trying to encourage those kids that were sat in their bedrooms and playing drums or guitar on their own to come together, start a band and get out there gigging and performing as real musicians.”
It has been said before that art isn’t a result, it’s a journey. For Will Hughes, a 26-year-old artist and maker, the journey through art has already taken them to incredible places; professionally, emotionally and physically.
Now, through the help of an interest-free education loan courtesy of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, Will, from Market Overton in Rutland, is continuing his journey on all fronts. With the funding received from the charity, Will is studying for his Masters in Fine Art at Northumbria University.
“My sculptural practice talks about queer themes and the body through experiences,” explains Will, who completed his undergraduate degree at Bath Spa University before enjoying a year-long studio fellowship at Spike Island in Bristol.
“I decided that now was the right time to study for my Masters in Fine Art. I wish to expand my cultural knowledge on, and around, the subject of identity politics. In doing so, I want to continue to make physical work and explore where my practice is moving to.”
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is pleased to announce that a total of £140,879 was approved in interest-free business and education loans at the culmination of the final quarter of 2019.
This figure is the sum of 12 loans approved in December 2019, with five education loans totalling £39,000 complemented by an additional £101,879 approved across seven interest-free loans to help start-up or develop businesses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce the appointments of Sue Cleminson, Mark Shelton and Greg Hollingsworth to the charity’s Board of Trustees.
Boasting a wealth of experience across varied areas of business, the three new trustees will work as part of a Board of Trustees totalling 18 members, overseeing the operation of one of the oldest charities in the city of Leicester. Amongst their roles, the three new trustees will form part of panels conducting interviews with prospective borrowers, in addition to visiting the business ventures of those successful in their application.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s next deadline for all applications for our interest-free business and education loans is 3.30pm on Monday 6 January 2020.
The charity’s offices will also be closing for the festive period on Thursday 19 December 2019 and will NOT re-open until Monday 6 January.
As a result, please make time to allow for postal applications to be received as far in advance as possible so that they’re at The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity by Monday 6 January, ideally ahead of 19 December 2019.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity was proud to sponsor DMUworks Enterprise’s first Leicestershire Entrepreneurship Day, which took place at De Montfort University on Tuesday 5 November as part of the city-wide Leicester Business Festival.
Providing an opportunity for predominantly young entrepreneurs within the city to learn from some of Leicester’s renowned names in business, the successful event was opened by The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s patron – and one of the county’s most successful businessmen – Barrie Stephen.
Experience of an industry can allow an individual to develop a deep understanding of their sector – with that knowledge potentially representing a vital tool when embarking into business.
Take the example of Kieran Lake, who after being involved in the security industry nationally for over 12 years, made the snap decision whilst on holiday to put his wide range of skills to better use and set up his own security company, Octagon Facilities Management.
There, he was determined to employ his depth of knowledge to forge a real name for himself and his business.
When Keilly Shirra’s daughter was born in 2003, it opened up more than a new chapter in her life as a mother. It was to unknowingly kick-start the prelude to a chapter, which would see Keilly become her own boss and establish her growing business, Mad About Nature, which makes luxurious all-natural handmade soaps.
Keilly’s daughter was born with eczema and fuelled a passion to start using natural skincare products which she knew would be free from harsh chemicals and unnecessary synthetic ingredients which dry-out and damage skin. On a trip to London’s Covent Garden, Keilly discovered a homemade soap stall which would change her life.
This week is a hugely exciting one for Sir Thomas White Loan Charity borrower and lingerie designer, Posie Upshall.
Following a two-year project, Posie is set to unveil her first three collections of luxury lingerie at an event taking place at Leicester’s Brick & Beam on Friday 11 October; the culmination of two-years’ hard work.
An added factor is Posie’s approach to design; the brand aims to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, whilst the 25-year-old designer has worked to ensure that her items have a localised element to them too.
Sam Cattell is breathing fresh life into the world of mortgage advice.
Moving away from the traditional, formal connotations that you’d normally associate with mortgages, Sam’s business ‘Mindful Mortgages’ aims to do exactly what the name suggests: provide personal, helpful mortgage advice, mindful of the fact that mortgages go far beyond simply buying a house.
Speaking to the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity borrower, you immediately understand why she does what she does. Having worked as an advisor and director for a mortgage broker in Leicester for 13 years, specialising in mortgages, Sam felt overwhelming satisfaction helping people, families even, achieve their goals. However, dismayed at the market and the way that mortgage advice was provided on the high street, Sam wanted to take that enthusiasm and passion, and provide tailored mortgage advice in a different way.