Each business has a story behind it. Some are complicated, whilst some others may be pretty straightforward. However, the one thing that all business stories will have in common is that they are driven by individuals; a personal account of how drive, determination and planning overcame challenges, trials and tribulations.
Sometimes an individual can emerge from a business story more inspirational than the business itself. De Montfort University Global MBA student Jane Hearst is a perfect example.
The 24-year-old joint-winner of the university’s 2018 Pitch2Win competition, which The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity proudly sponsors, was forced to overcome personal challenges before she could even focus on creating her business idea; a business idea which in itself is deeply personal to Jane.
Jane is the CEO of The Curious Observer, whose primary service is called Glimpse. Glimpse uses film production as a way of providing individuals with a life guidance service, culminating in a shoot and shareable product. The result is a form of narrative therapy, which Jane herself admits proved to be personally beneficial.
Aside from being completely interest-free, a key benefit of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s education loans, available to the value of £10,000, is that they can be used to support the cost of study anywhere in the world – not just in Leicester where the Charity is based.
For many, studying for a postgraduate qualification is key to working within a chosen field, opening doors to opportunities and experiences that may otherwise be closed. In the case of education borrower Charis Ringland (pictured, centre), she has been able to enjoy both as she works towards a career in science.
Leicestershire’s The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and Pattersons Commercial Law delivered prizes worth more than £6,000 to finalists of Leicester College’s first-ever Pitch Your Passion competition, which came to a conclusion on Friday (23 March) afternoon.
A video game developer, personalised textile creator and an innovative writing tool were the three ventures that benefited from the competition’s top three prizes, which will be utilised to develop each business further in addition to providing professional business and legal support courtesy of Pattersons Commercial Law.
Following pitches delivered by the six shortlisted finalists, a judging panel consisting of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Chair of Trustees David Howard, owner and director of Pattersons Commercial Law Rik Pancholi, Leicester College Employability and Enterprise Manager Gemma Jackson and the college’s Director of Human Resources Rod Wood, came to a unanimous decision on which businesses should benefit from financial investment and professional support.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is pleased to announce that a total of eight interest-free loans, totalling £77,227, were approved following the Charity’s opening quarterly interviews of 2018.
One of Leicester’s oldest charities, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides people between the ages of 18 and 35 with loans of up to £20,000 to help start or develop business within the county, or £10,000 to aid postgraduate study. All loans are completely interest-free for a nine-year period, with equal monthly repayments commencing three years after the loan is taken out.
A beauty salon that benefited from a Sir Thomas White Loan Charity business loan has been named East Midlands Beauty Salon of the Year, in a prestigious series of awards which recognise the beauty industry within Great Britain.
Sophie Élise Beauty Boutique, located in Melton Mowbray, beat three other finalists to the title. In addition, Sophie Élise was named runner-up in the Salon Retailer of the Year category; a national accolade.
Suhail Alloo’s aim was always clear – to become a qualified lawyer.
As any qualified lawyer will testify, it’s a challenging journey that requires commitment, hard work and – naturally – the successful pursuit of key qualifications through education. That’s why Suhail got in touch with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and successfully applied for an interest-free education loan.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity joined a panel of inspirational speakers at the De Montfort University Innovation Centre’s co-working café on Wednesday 24 January, forming part of the centre’s ‘Connect at the Co-Working Café’ event focusing on the topic ‘New Year, New You’.
In attendance on behalf of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, Chair of Trustees David Howard delivered a background talk on the support that the Charity provides through interest-free business and education loans, specifically for young entrepreneurs wishing to establish or develop a business within Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.
Also speaking on the evening was DMU student and founder of Evade Magazine, Emma Guy; the latest winner of the university’s Pitch2Win competition, which The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity sponsors annually.
The evening also consisted of a Q&A and networking session, which saw David engage with many of those in attendance on a one-on-one basis, discussing potential business ideas and the finer details of the Charity’s application process.
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The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, based at Friars Mill in Leicester city centre, is delighted to announce that it is to sponsor a brand-new competition hosted by Leicester College, which aims to help entrepreneurial students get their business ideas off the ground.
‘Pitch Your Passion’ is a competition open to all full and part-time Level 3 or above students attending the college, providing an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their business idea before a panel of judges.
In a deal worth over £20,000 over the next five years, fellow sponsors Pattersons Commercial Law will be donating 10 hours of professional support to the winning businesses, with a first prize of £1,000 being awarded to the winners to fund the start-up.
In addition to helping people across Leicestershire and Rutland start a business from scratch, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity also makes its interest-free business loans available to people wishing to develop their business; something that borrower Hannah Myatt was able to do.
Provided that the business has been running for four years or less and that an applicant meets the other necessary criteria, the Charity’s investment of up to £20,000 is on offer.
Hannah, a dancer and dance teacher, set up her studio – Skytribe – with the help of a small loan, but later found that additional work was required to bring the premises up to the standards she desired – which is where The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity came in.
As part of the forthcoming Leicester Business Festival, David Howard – Chair of Trustees at The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity – will be delivering a talk to students at Leicester College on Monday 23 October.