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.
Becoming their own boss is a lifelong dream for a lot of people. It certainly was for Becky Owen and Fay Hooper and, thanks to the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, the creative duo are now successfully running The Sewing Café in Hinckley.
The Sewing Café is described as ‘the social sewing emporium’, providing avid sewers with a place to purchase supplies and enjoy their pastime in a bustling environment with like-minded hobbyists. The café hosts workshops, parties, classes and customers can even pay to sew by the hour throughout the day.
Ruth Lord from Dress-A-Doll, who set up her business with help from STWLC, was a guest on BBC Radio Leicester last week telling her inspiring story.
Speaking to presenter Ben Jackson on Thursday 25th June, Ruth opened up about her battle with depression and explained how starting her company helped to turned her life around.
A former teacher who struggled to work due to illness is now successfully running her own business making handcrafted personalised rag dolls – after receiving financial support from The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
Ruth Lord and her husband Andrew now run Dress-A-Doll, the only rag doll company that makes a doll with a full head of hair that can be styled on the open market.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has been ranked in the Top 25 Leicestershire charities in the Leicester Mercury’s ‘Leicestershire’s Top 200 Companies 2015’ publication.
The magazine, produced in association with De Montfort University and sponsored by Berkeley Insurance, ranks businesses and charities from across the county based on turnover and can be found in today’s Mercury (Tuesday 23rd June).
Helen Aston felt ‘disenchanted’ in her career as a teacher and set up Honey Bee’s Vintage Teas after she got married back in 2009.
She’s now ditched the classroom to supply vintage decorations for weddings and other special occasions.
With help from the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity her business has really taken off, and she already has bookings for her services as far in advance as 2018.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has once again demonstrated its commitment to developing businesses and individuals within Leicestershire and Rutland, through the quarterly approval of 16 interest-free loans, totalling £117,000.
Of this figure, £57,000 will be used to start up or develop businesses within the county. Five business loans will be used to help get new companies up and running, whilst an additional loan was approved to help develop the construction business of an existing borrower.
Emma Sammels is the owner of SIMPLY ACUPUNCTURE, one of the many unique and wonderful businesses we’ve provided financial support to.
Providing a range of acupuncture treatments tailored to each patient’s individual needs Emma can treat a range of ailments including anxiety, chronic fatigue and hay fever to name just a few.