Representatives from Leicester’s The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity visited St John’s College in Oxford in recent weeks, to attend the main Sir Thomas White Charity distribution lunch; an event which sees funds distributed to individual charities under the Sir Thomas White banner.
In itself, St John’s College is a fitting venue for the event. Founded in 1855 by Sir Thomas White himself, the college was originally established as a men’s college – but has been coeducational since 1979.
Anybody that has started their own business will understand the importance of forming a strong business plan.
It’s more than a document; it’s a guide that can help you keep on track when the unexpected happens and one that can be altered at different stages, to ensure you take the unexpected into account moving forward.
That’s why producing – or developing – a business plan is a key part of the application process for anybody wishing to take out an interest-free business loan from The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
With the loans we provide being so unique – we want to ensure that the investment provided is to a start-up or young business that has a clear direction, or to a prospective business owner that has done the research and planning to back up their concept. But it goes way beyond us.
A business plan enables YOU to evaluate where you are in terms of starting a business. It allows YOU to be able to see where your strengths and weaknesses are. It enables YOU to be able to set realistic goals.
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 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.
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.