Each business has a story behind it. Some are complicated, whilst some others may be pretty straightforward. However, the one thing that all business stories will have in common is that they are driven by individuals; a personal account of how drive, determination and planning overcame challenges, trials and tribulations.
Sometimes an individual can emerge from a business story more inspirational than the business itself. De Montfort University Global MBA student Jane Hearst is a perfect example.
The 24-year-old joint-winner of the university’s 2018 Pitch2Win competition, which The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity proudly sponsors, was forced to overcome personal challenges before she could even focus on creating her business idea; a business idea which in itself is deeply personal to Jane.
Jane is the CEO of The Curious Observer, whose primary service is called Glimpse. Glimpse uses film production as a way of providing individuals with a life guidance service, culminating in a shoot and shareable product. The result is a form of narrative therapy, which Jane herself admits proved to be personally beneficial.
Aside from being completely interest-free, a key benefit of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s education loans, available to the value of £10,000, is that they can be used to support the cost of study anywhere in the world – not just in Leicester where the Charity is based.
For many, studying for a postgraduate qualification is key to working within a chosen field, opening doors to opportunities and experiences that may otherwise be closed. In the case of education borrower Charis Ringland (pictured, centre), she has been able to enjoy both as she works towards a career in science.
Leicestershire’s The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and Pattersons Commercial Law delivered prizes worth more than £6,000 to finalists of Leicester College’s first-ever Pitch Your Passion competition, which came to a conclusion on Friday (23 March) afternoon.
A video game developer, personalised textile creator and an innovative writing tool were the three ventures that benefited from the competition’s top three prizes, which will be utilised to develop each business further in addition to providing professional business and legal support courtesy of Pattersons Commercial Law.
Following pitches delivered by the six shortlisted finalists, a judging panel consisting of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Chair of Trustees David Howard, owner and director of Pattersons Commercial Law Rik Pancholi, Leicester College Employability and Enterprise Manager Gemma Jackson and the college’s Director of Human Resources Rod Wood, came to a unanimous decision on which businesses should benefit from financial investment and professional support.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is pleased to announce that a total of eight interest-free loans, totalling £77,227, were approved following the Charity’s opening quarterly interviews of 2018.
One of Leicester’s oldest charities, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides people between the ages of 18 and 35 with loans of up to £20,000 to help start or develop business within the county, or £10,000 to aid postgraduate study. All loans are completely interest-free for a nine-year period, with equal monthly repayments commencing three years after the loan is taken out.
Suhail Alloo’s aim was always clear – to become a qualified lawyer.
As any qualified lawyer will testify, it’s a challenging journey that requires commitment, hard work and – naturally – the successful pursuit of key qualifications through education. That’s why Suhail got in touch with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and successfully applied for an interest-free education loan.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, based in Friars Mill, Leicester, has revealed that a grand total of £185,420 was approved in interest-free business and education loans in the Charity’s final quarter of 2017.
Of that sum, £124,100 is to be used to help 10 entrepreneurs start up or develop businesses within Leicestershire and Rutland, whilst a further £61,320 will be delivered to enable eight students to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
The ability to study at post-graduate level provides you with more than an additional qualification. It can deliver amazing opportunities and provides access to a number of pathways towards a chosen career. Just ask Sam Gandy, who took out an interest-free education loan totalling £5,000 in order to study in London.
The 32-year-old from Market Harborough has since gone a step further as he approaches the end of his PhD; however, as he explained, it’s the journey he’s taken – quite literally – that has changed his life to this point.
Having the opportunity to study for a post-graduate qualification opens a host of doors when it comes to commencing a career. However, for many, the cost of continuing study beyond graduation provides a stumbling block – which is why The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides education loans that are interest-free for nine years.
Hajra Okhai is a perfect example of somebody eager to continue studying so that she could enter her chosen career. Hajra, from Leicester, initially commenced work for a large industrial company prior to making the decision to study for a post-graduate degree.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce a total sum of £87,500 of interest-free loans were approved, following the Charity’s final round of interviews with prospective borrowers for 2016.
The figure from the final quarter takes the grand total delivered in loans for the year to an impressive £375,000.
One of Leicestershire’s oldest charities, the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity – based at Leicester’s Friar’s Mill – provides people aged over 18 and under the age of 35 with business and education loans, which are interest-free over a period of nine years.
For Leicester High School for Girls student Natasha Bhogaita, the world is her oyster. Having received her A-level results at the end of the 2015/16 academic year, she now has a selection of universities to choose from as she chases her dream career – a story that the Leicester-based Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is proud to have played a part in.
Thanks to a £20,000 grant provided by the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, Natasha was able to study for her A-levels at Leicester High School for Girls – an opportunity that she would not have had otherwise.