The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has announced that over £500,000 has been provided in the form of nine-year interest-free business and education loans in 2015; the highest total approved during a calendar year in the Charity’s history.
Following the latest round of interviews with prospective borrowers, in which a total of £144,455 was approved by the Charity’s Trustees across 23 applicants, a total of 20 new businesses have been provided with the funds required to assist start-up projects within Leicestershire, whilst a further 59 loans have been delivered to students wishing to continue studies beyond undergraduate degrees.
Ruth Lord, who set up Dress-A-Doll in Lutterworth with the help of a Sir Thomas White Loan Charity loan, is now set to launch a series of children’s books to go alongside her custom dolls.
Collaborating with a published author, Ruth has planned to have three books published – which focus on stories based around a young girl named Aimee who owns three dolls: Megan, Annie and Mabel.
Saturday 5th December is Small Business Saturday – we hope any of our borrowers involved in the day have a great time, and would encourage potential loan candidates to apply to receive funding from us.
Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy – which is why we’re proud to be able to support so many entrepreneurs and start-ups in a range of industries.
After completing an MA in Drama and Film at De Montfort University (DMU), with support from the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, education borrower Jennifer Voss has now embarked on a PhD as a member of one of the establishment’s research centres.
Jennifer began her Master’s degree back in 2013, and following this 15-month course her supervisors felt her work was original enough to be considered for a PhD. In January 2015, she was put forward to apply for a PhD at DMU, to be funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
Around 800 career-driven students attended De Montfort University’s PAVE (Plan Ahead, Value Employability) conference on Tuesday 10th November, and Sir Thomas White Loan Charity trustee David Howard was on hand to promote its business and education loans.
Between 11:00am and 3:00pm, the Charity had a stand in the main conference hall of the University’s new event space The Venue.
The 2015 Leicester Business Festival (LBF) commenced on Monday 26th October and will run until Friday 6th November, and the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is supporting two of the many events taking place.
Both of these are free to attend, and will provide a range of business owners and budding entrepreneurs the chance to develop their knowledge.
Students at De Montfort University will be able to learn more about the support available from the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity (STWLC) at this year’s Health & Life Sciences PAVE (Plan Ahead, Value Employability) Conference on Tuesday 10th November.
The Charity will be in attendance throughout the duration of the event, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, which is being held at DMU’s brand-new conference facility The Venue – formerly known as the John Sanford Centre.
Two budding entrepreneurs from Leicestershire have been provided with the financial support to start up new businesses within the county, thanks to business loans provided by the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
The Charity, which provides interest-free loans of up to £15,000 to people aged over 18 and under 35, approved loans totalling £18,000 to assist with the setup of the two new businesses, following the most recent quarterly round of interviews with prospective borrowers. The two successful applicants will now be provided with a three-year period to get their businesses up and running, before commencing equal repayments over the following six years with no interest to pay.
Business loanee Laura Cook, MD of the Learning Support Centre, has been nominated for two awards at the Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards 2015.
Laura’s business won the Services Award at the Leicester Mercury Business Awards earlier this year and is now in the running for Business Woman of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.
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