Over the years, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has assisted the start-up of many businesses, each with their own inspirational story behind them. However, in the case of business borrower Melissa March, her story is one that continues to inspire.
Melissa’s loan was used to establish Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A), which has become established as an award-winning charity. L4A provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care, either in care settings – such as care homes or nursing homes, or with individuals in their own homes.
Hairdressing entrepreneur Barrie Stephen, whose business began with Sir Thomas White Loan Charity support, has received yet more plaudits for his work – with his city centre salon being crowned the best in the Midlands at the 2016 Hair Magazine Awards.
A case of turning a negative situation into an opportunity motivated Dildar Sandhu to launch his business, The Stottie Shop in Hinckley.
The culinary entrepreneur used to play hockey at county level – before he had the misfortune of breaking his leg doing so. This meant he had to take six-months out from work, giving him plenty of spare time to fill. Some people might have done nothing but sit at home and curse their bad luck. Not Dildar.
A student who set up her own business teaching children and young people about maths and science recently won De Montfort University’s Pitch2Win Awards – which are sponsored by the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
The Charity’s Head of Trustees attended the finale of this university-wide contest on Thursday 26 April, where he also presented the grand prize to this year’s winner.
Student entrepreneurs from De Montfort University will find out who has won a £1,000 prize tonight (26 April) in the finals of a university-wide contest to find the best start-up idea – which has been sponsored by The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
The Pitch2Win finals will be held at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) with guests from Leicestershire companies, business mentors and staff from DMU’s range of business support services.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity will be moving office on Friday 8 April, and will be open in its new premises on Monday 11 April.
Its new office will be base at the following address:
Unit 5, Friars Mill, Bath Lane, Leicester, LE3 5BE
Our phone number will remain 0116 2046 620 and our office hours will also still be 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce the appointment of David Howard as Chairman of the Trust.
He replaces outgoing Chairman Hugh Stevenson, who will remain as a trustee with the Charity; which supports young entrepreneurs and postgraduate students in Leicestershire and Rutland.
When conceiving a new business idea and putting the initial pieces in place to make that idea a reality, few things drive a person more than passion – and through the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, many business borrowers have been provided with the financial support to use that passion to succeed.
Rob Pullen is a perfect example of somebody that took their passion and used it when establishing his business – the Leicester Running Shop, currently located on Clarendon Park Road; just off the hugely popular Queens Road in the Clarendon Park area of Leicester.
To spread awareness of the support the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity can offer, trustee David Howard will be attending a networking session at Phoenix Square followed by a visit to LCB Depot, on Wednesday 30 March.
Firstly, he will be at Creative Coffee from 10:00am to 12:00pm, to speak to any entrepreneurs in attendance that might be able to benefit from a business loan from the Charity.
Billions of pounds are spent each year across the hair and beauty industry in the UK, meaning there’s a lot of competition amongst salon owners. But William Wheelwright, who set up his own hairdressers in Oakham with help from the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, doesn’t see this as a bad thing – just an opportunity to try different things to set his business apart from the rest.
He has developed a variety of innovative offers to help attract new custom, including the opportunity for men to pay an upfront annual cost for their haircuts, and says that getting people through the door is one of the most daunting parts of starting a business.