‘Creative food for creative people’ – it’s a simple philosophy, but one that has worked wonders for Sir Thomas White Loan Charity business loan borrower Graham Crewe, better known to many as Gray.
In 2014, Gray applied for a loan to establish Grays Coffee Shop and Kitchen, having learned of a space available at Leicester’s LCB Depot on Rutland Street, which houses a number of the city’s creative businesses.
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 8th 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 conference facility The Venue – formerly known as the John Sanford Centre.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is encouraging budding young entrepreneurs from Leicestershire to get in touch to help their start-up get off the ground.
The Charity, based at Friars Mill, just outside Leicester city centre, provides nine-year interest free loans of up to £15,000 to people aged over 18 and under the age of 35 wishing to start their own business. Successful borrowers are provided with a three-year break period before equal monthly repayments commence, thus providing a lengthy period for businesses to become fully operational.
Everybody at the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity would like to wish the best of luck to Faye Hooper and Becky Owens, who will this weekend be heading to Hampton Court Palace to participate in The Handmade Fair, following a special invitation by event organisers.
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.