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Charity To Sponsor Leicestershire Entrepreneurship Day

Charity To Sponsor Leicestershire Entrepreneurship Day

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce that it is to be the main sponsor for Leicestershire Entrepreneurship Day; an event hosted at De Montfort University’s Student Union on Tuesday 5 November that will form part of the Leicester Business Festival.

Organised by De Montfort University’s DMUWorks, the event, running from 9.00am to 6.00pm, will consist of a day of inspirational guest speakers, panel Q&As, live and pre-recorded interviews, and networking.

The event will also provide an opportunity to celebrate local entrepreneurial successes and to inspire delegates through individuals from outside the region sharing their stories.

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Creating A New idee

Creating A New idee

When his previous employers hit financial difficulty, Shaun Taylor took the decision to take voluntary redundancy. That action would become the catalyst for what followed, with Shaun now the owner of his own business, idee Creative.

Based in the heart of Leicester city centre, idee is a full-service design agency that has gone from offering simple graphic design to full branding design and strategy. It’s a fantastic story, and one that The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is proud to be a part of.

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Planting The Seeds For Success

Planting The Seeds For Success

For many business owners, their venture is more than a job. It’s a manifestation of enthusiasm and passion, and the result of hard work, commitment and desire. That’s certainly the case for Sir Thomas White Loan Charity business loan borrower, Emma-Mae Parry.

Emma will be a familiar face to those that enjoy a stroll through the independent shops on Queens Road in Leicester’s Clarendon Park. Emma owns The Bloom Project, a florist with a difference. It’s a gorgeous shop set in the perfect location. However, as Emma explains, it’s something that has been many years in the making.

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STWLC Extends Age Criteria To Provide Wider Support

STWLC Extends Age Criteria To Provide Wider Support

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce a dramatic change to a key element of its eligibility criteria, which will make the charity’s interest-free business and education loans available to more people within Leicestershire and Rutland.

As of Thursday 1 August, applications will be welcomed from individuals aged over 18 and under the age of 45; increasing the eligibility window by 10 years, with the previous age limit for applicants being under the age of 35.

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Charity Approves Nine Interest-Free Loans for People in Leicestershire

Charity Approves Nine Interest-Free Loans for People in Leicestershire

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce that a total of £89,000 has been approved in interest-free loans to people throughout Leicestershire and Rutland.

Based at Friars Mill in the heart of Leicester city centre, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides loans of up to £20,000 to new and developing businesses within the county, in addition to loans of up to £10,000 to individuals wishing to study for postgraduate qualifications.

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Patron Named Finalist for Prestigious Accolade

Patron Named Finalist for Prestigious Accolade

Barrie Stephen, founder and director of the Barrie Stephen Hair Group and Patron of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Director of the Year – Small Medium Business award at the 2019 East Midlands Institute of Directors Awards.

The award-winning salon owner, one of Leicestershire’s most recognised hairdressers, has been shortlisted by an independent panel of judges for the Institute of Directors annual search to find the top business leaders within the East Midlands.

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Blog: Howzat For Success?

Blog: Howzat For Success?

In our latest blog, Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Trustee, Anne Whitlock, provides an insight into one of the main roles held by the Trustees; annual visits to business borrowers and/or their respective businesses…

As a Trustee of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, you have a few regular commitments, one of which is to visit our business loan borrowers. Immediately, you may think that it’s to check up and ensure the funding provided by the charity is put to good use and, in part, you’d be right. However, for us it is so much more than that. It’s a great opportunity to chat to borrowers to see how their business is going and to hear about plans for the future.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Flowers, who borrowed from the charity in 2016 to establish his cricket coaching business. Living close by, I took the opportunity to being the third Trustee to visit him since he took out his loan.

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BLOG: Changing Lives with Scholarship Programme Grants

BLOG: Changing Lives with Scholarship Programme Grants

In the latest edition of our exclusive blogs with Sir Thomas White Loan Charity trustees, Anne Whitlock provides insight into the charity’s Scholarship Programme Grants, which provide talented students with the opportunity to study at independent schools in a bid to enable them to reach their full potential…

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity may have been around for hundreds of years, but that doesn’t stop it moving with the times and providing new opportunities to young people across Leicestershire.

So, when Hugh Stevenson – at the time Chair of Trustees at the Charity, saw an article about an organisation that offered grants to independent schools for promising students, he had a ‘light bulb’ moment. Why couldn’t the charity give money to exceptional students within schools in Leicestershire, so that they could study in the sixth form of an independent school within the county; thus giving them the greatest chance of fulfilling their potential?

Fast-forward five years and The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has now given grants totalling £228,859 to eight pupils; all of whom, without exception, have described the opportunity as “life changing”.

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Barrie Stephen Named First Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Patron

Barrie Stephen Named First Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Patron

Barrie Stephen, one of Leicestershire’s most renowned business owners, has become the first-ever patron of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.

Now based at Friars Mill in Leicester city centre, the charity provided Barrie with one of its interest-free business loans 23 years ago to help him establish his first salon, which became the platform for continued growth, as Barrie Stephen Hair established itself as a household name across the county.

Today the owner of five salons across Leicestershire, in addition to Barrie Stephen Hair’s dual-brand, B-Styled, Barrie Stephen’s success in the business world, in addition to the hair and beauty industry, has been well-documented over the years. The Leicester native is now recognised as one of the leading hair designers in the country and been the recipient of a plethora of business and industry accolades, including Leicestershire Businessman of the Year. The salon group has also been named Best UK Local Salon on two occasions for its work within the community.

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