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Why choose Foundation East?

We lend money to business people like you, to enable your enterprise to start up, grow and thrive. Maybe an injection of funds is necessary to develop your business, but money alone may not be the only thing your business needs to get it to the next level. That’s why working with Foundation East would be a good place to start. We offer you funding, pre and post loan business support, run Business Loan Application Workshops and can put you in touch with an array of professional business planning and support services. We can help you push your business forwards.

Key facts

  1. We lend up to £100,000;
  2. You don’t need to have a trading history, a credit history or assets to use as security, but you will need a strong business case;
  3. We do not use credit scoring to reach a decision
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  4. You are offered pre and post-loan support, see
    business loans and workshops.
  5. We lend to sole traders, limited companies, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

Check our FAQs or give us a call on 01284 757777

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The loan repayments are only indicative and for illustration purposes. Actual repayments may vary.

The company we keep…

  • SEEE
  • Social Enterprise Live
  • The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
  • Start Up Loans
  • Unity Trust Bank

  • European Microfinance Network
  • The Federation of Small Businesses
  • The Regional Growth Fund (RGF)
  •  FCA 

Having a short or limited trading history, a lack of assets with which to secure a loan, a poor credit record or a low credit score should not be an obstacle to financing your business. With Foundation East it isn’t.

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Foundation East

Since 2004...

  • Foundation East
    £8,991,784 Money lent
  • Foundation East
    575 Businesses funded
  • Foundation East
    1093 Jobs created or saved
  • Foundation East
    £1= £15.68 Economic Impact

Featured case study

  • Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant
    Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

    Craig Ambury and John Haresnape have been successfully operating a unique fine-dining, river cruise experience from two quite different locations, Orford Quay in Suffolk and Durban harbour, South Africa.

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Client testimonial

arrow"I really appreciate all of your support and I am delighted to have won the award for best new business!" Nicola Weeks George James Bridal


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Bad credit score?

arrow"We don't use credit scoring as the criteria for awarding a loan; instead we look at the business plan and the cash flow projections, and most importantly the people behind the company. If you have a strong business case you are well on your way to being approved for a loan." Valerie Jarrett, Business Loans Manager

Our Loan Products

Start Up Loans

Business Loans

Social Purpose Loans


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About Foundation East

We are here to champion local entrepreneurial spirit, by providing finance and support to business and benefit local communities in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Foundation East is an Industrial and Provident Society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and recognised by HM Revenue and Customs as an exempt charity. We raise capital to lend to our customers by selling shares in the Society.

Foundation East demonstrates that a new thinking is possible and it is making a difference to peoples’ lives.

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