Start Up Loans Team hit £15m Lending Milestone

Let’s Do Business Start Up Team is celebrating a major milestone after passing the £15m mark for loans provided to companies under the Government’s Start Up Loans scheme.

St Leonards-on-Sea based not-for-profit social enterprise in its 15th year of trading and has supported over 3500 entrepreneurs primarily across the South East region to access finance over the past 5 years alone. Delivering inclusive economic development with a customer-focused approach, Start Up Loans have helped people to start businesses, increase job opportunities and provide goods and services to the local economy. LDBF also provides investment and growth loans to established businesses looking to finance the next steps to scale-up.

Start Up Loans Team – Clockwise from Top Left – Jay Hancock, Rachel Hunt, Mike Trotter, Dawn Horsley, Phil Pocock.

Start Up Loans Team – Clockwise from Top Left – Jay Hancock, Rachel Hunt, Mike Trotter, Dawn Horsley, Phil Pocock.

The entrepreneurs that have taken lending past the £15m mark are Corin and Lesley Jeavon, founders of vegan toffee brand Jeavons Toffee.

The husband and wife team began trading earlier last year and have used the Start Up Loan to support the launch of the world’s first vegan toffee factory, ‘Toffee Towers’ in Newhaven:

“LDBF has been so helpful and has had a huge impact on the growth of our business.  Since the loan, we have been able to make a start on building our very own vegan toffee factory – a dream we’ve had for a long time which is finally starting to become a reality.”

Start Up Loans have made a valuable contribution to driving business growth as well as delivering an economic return of up to £53m – this staggering amount has helped to create and safeguard a minimum of 3700 jobs.

Mike Trotter, Head of Lending at LDBF Start Up Loans, said “With bank lending to small businesses continuing to fall, thousands are looking for alternative sources of funding to get their business off the ground. These personal loans are a life line for small businesses and provide the right support at the right time. It’s a fantastic scheme to be part of.”

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