Finance and Support for People with
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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
  • CDFA
  • Unity Trust Bank
  • European Microfinance Network
  • The Federation of Small Businesses
  • The Regional Growth Fund (RGF)
  • FCA

Having a short or limited trading history, insufficient credit record or a lack of assets with which to secure a loan, 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
    £7,861,484 Money lent
  • Foundation East
    529 Businesses funded
  • Foundation East
    980 Jobs created or saved

Featured case study

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    Golf clubs can be perceived as exclusive and inaccessible to a lot of people. Stonham Barns Golf Complex in Suffolk is a family friendly nine hole golf course.

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Client testimonial

arrow"Fabulous meeting with my Foundation East business mentor! Always feel focused and inspired when I see her. Big things coming for us!" Keri Bird, Birds Baby Boutique


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Our Loan Products

Start Up Loans

Business Loans

Asset Finance Loans

Social Purpose Loans


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

Business Loan Application Workshops

We hold regular Business Loan Application Workshops. These 3.5 hour workshops have been specifically designed to assist you to complete our loan application documents and to help you to understand what we need from you, to enable us to assess the viability of your business proposition. The cost of the workshop is £15 which includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Click here for more information on our Workshops and for details on how to book your place.

Upcoming Workshops

  • Thursday 16th April 2015

    9:15 am Saxon House, Bury St Edmunds 

  • Thursday 28th May 2015

    9:15 am Saxon House, Bury St Edmunds 

Asset Finance Loan

  • Asset Finance Loan
  • Funding from £5,000 up to £25,000
  • Up to 100% of purchase price funded
  • Funding from 12 months to 60 months

Asset Finance 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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