UNLOCKING A NATION OF ENTREPRENEURIAL TALENT 100,000 jobs by 2015
WHAT IS THE START-UP LOANS COMPANY?
The Start-Up Loans Company is a private company that helps 18-30 year olds develop their business ideas with the help of unsecured, low-cost loans coupled with business support in the form of a mentor.
WHO RUNS THE START-UP LOANS COMPANY? James Caan was appointed the Chairman of The StartUp Loans Company in June 2012 by Lord Young of Graffham, the Enterprise Advisor to the Prime Minister, David Cameron. CEO Tim Sawyer runs the company, which reports to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
Backed by government, with a fund of ÂŁ117.5 million, The StartUp Loans Company will help create 25,000 businesses across England in all industry sectors by 2015.
David Cameron and James Caan
With youth unemployment being one of the biggest challenges the UK economy faces, Lord Young set about meeting this challenge with the idea that the way to create employment is by starting businesses, and even better, to help young people start their own businesses and create their own jobs. Lord Young approached British entrepreneur and philanthropist James Caan, and with the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron, The Start-Up Loans Company was launched.
â€œIf the UK was as entrepreneurial as the US, we would have 900,000 more businesses in this country.â€? Lord Young
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK? The Start-Up Loans Company has a national distribution network of Delivery Partners who operate across England. They work with entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas into a feasible business plan to increase their chances of success. Once the entrepreneur is approved for a loan, they work closely with a business mentor in their chosen industry and region, who will help and guide them to make the right decisions for their business. GREATER LONDON
Ariadne Capital Arts Thread Bright Ideas Trust CDFA Cloudspeed (Springboard) Dreamstake Ltd Elevation Networks Enterprise Loans East Midlands Fashion Angel Five Lamps GLE Group Hackney Business Ventures North London Community Finance Positive Inclusions Rockstar Youth School for Startups Ltd South London Business The Bright Side Trust TrainE TraidE UAL
Business Finance Solutions Enterprise4All Lancashire Community Centre MSIF NWES PNE
Pinetree Riverside Credit Union SFEDI
YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE
BEF Business Support and Development Hull Business Development Fund Ltd Leeds City Credit Union Sheffield City Council Yorkshire Coast Enterprise
Birmingham City Council Entrust Young Britain
Enterprise Loans East Midlands Spring to Action
EAST OF ENGLAND Foundation East
CDFA Newcastle Pinetree Riverside Credit Union SFEDI
South West Investment Group
Bricks and Bread Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs Let’s Do Business
Biz Britain Printing.com The Prince’s Trust Young Enterprise
MISC/UNKNOWN Frederick’s Foundation Kaleidoscope Original Upstarts Transmit Consulting WSX
REGIONAL BREAKDOWN OF LOAN RECIPIENTS (10/04/13)
YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE
9% WEST MIDLANDS
EAST OF ENGLAND
PRESTON - JAN 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the expansion of the StartUp Loans scheme and met with young entrepreneurs at an event held in Preston.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE FEB 2013
The Student Ambassadors scheme was launched by HRH The Duke of York at Buckingham Palace, as part of his continued focus on promoting entrepreneurship.
HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR
The Start-Up Loans Company pilot scheme ended on April 10th 2013, beating initial goals and expectations, illustrating the feasibility and longevity of the scheme.
MONEY LENT EACH MONTH
% OF PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED BEFORE APPLYING
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES BACKED PER WEEK AVERAGE LOAN SIZE
RATIO OF MALE TO FEMALE LOAN RECIPIENTS OVER 3000 BUSINESSES FUNDED SINCE 2012 OVER £14M OF LENDING APPROVED A CURRENT DAILY RUN RATE OF 40 BUSINESSES OVER 45 DELIVERY PARTNERS SIGNED UP AVERAGE LOAN SIZE UP TO £5250 FROM £2500
*Data accurate as of 10/04/13
CASE STUDIES We collate case studies of our loan recipients for our various media campaigns. Case studies provide an insight into the loan recipients background and an overview of their businesses. Appearing as a case study provides loan recipients with a fantastic platform both to promote their business and gain exposure. Carol van Rij, 25 Facing redundancy upon maternity leave, Carol van Rij set up her alternative baby-clothing company, Metallimonsters, with the support of The Start-Up Loans Company. Delivery Partner: Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce. Ellie Stickland, 27 Ellie obtained a £3,000 Start-Up Loan for her Bespoke Fine Jewellery company. After studying Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, Ellie decided to take the plunge and set up her own business in January 2013. Delivery Partner: School for Start-Ups TJ Morgan, 25 PPE graduate TJ Morgan obtained a £2,500 Start-Up Loan to launch his new mobile recruitment app ‘A Day’s Labour’. The app has an interlinked web service that will instantly match candidates to real-time vacancies, supported by an employability rating system. Delivery Partner: Elevation Networks
MENTORING Once a loan is approved, the loan recipient will be matched with a suitable mentor to guide them while starting up their business. Whether it’s to run past an idea, brainstorm with, or to learn from someone who’s done it before, the assigned mentor will be regularly available to help our loan recipients on their business journey. Tom Horigon “I am incredibly passionate about mentoring. I aim to help individuals succeed by filling gaps in their knowledge. I have over 15 years of marketing experience and I own a marketing consultancy specialising in business development and marketing strategy, so I love to share my knowledge and experience with others starting out.” Geoff Reeves Geoff works as a small business advisor at Blackpool council, and is responsible for approving business plans of loan recipients. On mentoring, he says “The combination of the money granted and the mentoring is what makes the scheme likely to create successful businesses. Many can fail without good advice. You can give someone cash but they won’t always know how to spend it.” Sergio Aschettino “It makes me smile when working with these young entrepreneurs. Just to see the motivation and positive aspirations they have plus the boundless amount of energy they put into their business venture. As a business mentor I see my role to help channel the energy and motivation in a constructive and objective way, as well as help with the day to day issues of running your own business.”
OUR SUPPORTERS The Start-Up Loans Company has been rapidly gathering supporters, from Industry Experts to entrepreneurial celebrities, helping us to make The Start-Up Loans Company a household name. Below are just some of our supporters and what they have tweeted about us. “An inspiring initiative to support up and coming business men and women - embrace your entrepreneurial spirit and contact @startuploansuk” - Elle MacPherson
“If you’re 18-30 & have an idea for a business, check out a new government initiative to help kickstart 25,000 businesses @startuploansuk” - Elizabeth Hurley
“Are you the next Lord Sugar or James Caan? Aged 18-30 living in England with a great biz idea but needs funds and a mentor? Try @startuploansuk” - Omid Djalili
“Involved in exciting new startup programme helping budding entrepreneurs @startuploansuk, more to follow... - Annabel Karmel
“Listen up! James Caan is encouraging 18-30 year olds to start their own biz. More info at @startuploansuk” - Mary Portas
We have also held live Google Hangouts with Jamie Laing and Dumi Oburota, talking business alongside James Caan and a Start-Up Loans entrepreneur, which have been a great success, so more will follow.
OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS The private sector is actively engaged with The Start-Up Loans Company, providing business products and services to entrepreneurs, giving them the tools they need to succeed. 24 months free access to Quickbooks Online Simple Start (Cloud-based accounting software) Free website for 6 months, with e-commerce capabilities Discounted PayPal rate of 1.4% + 20p per transaction for 6 months (usually 3.4%) Free eBay store for 3 months 6 months free use of Virtual Office, giving a business address, mail handling and administrative support, a Businessworld Gold Card and discount on all other Regus products and services ÂŁ30 of free printing, enough to buy 500 business cards Half price Pin Entry Devices with no monthly charge