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BBC Documentary Celebrates Work of Foundation East

20th November 2018 By Foundation East in News, Videos

BBC documentary series, A Matter of Life and Debt, celebrates the work we do giving responsible finance to entrepreneurs who have been turned away by mainstream lenders…


An award winning Cambridgeshire chocolate factory offering new hope to youngsters with autism; a Lincolnshire well-being centre providing a blueprint for tackling national obesity related issues; a Suffolk carpenter and designer setting up his passion-led business: just three local entrepreneurs supported by responsible finance provider Foundation East to be featured in the second series of the BBC documentary ‘A Matter of Life and Debt’.

Tune into BBC1 on Friday 23rd of November at 11:00 (repeated Monday 26th November 2018, 06:30, BBC TWO) to find out how Debra O’Neil and Mervyn Williams nearly gave up on their planned Community Interest Company (CIC), Boston Body Hub, due to lack of finance. Thanks to a Foundation East loan and Debra and Mervyn’s hard work and diligence, Boston Body Hub now exists. Filling a gap in healthy living provision in an area with a higher than national average level of obesity, inactivity and smoking related health issues, Boston Body Hub showcases a local approach to a national problem that could be rolled out regionally. Click here to watch this episode on BBC iPlayer.

Tune in to BBC1 on Monday 26th November at 11:00 (repeated Tuesday 27th November 2018, 06:30, BBC TWO) to learn how, thanks to Foundation East’s support, Mona and Shaz Shah were able to set up and grow their chocolate making social enterprise, Harry Specters. Not only does Harry Specters produce award winning chocolates, it creates employment and work experience opportunities for young people with autism, work for which it has been recognised with a 'social enterprise of the year' award from an international foundation. Click here to watch this episode on BBC iPlayer

Tune into BBC on Friday 30th November 2018 at 11:00 (repeated Monday 3rd December, 06:30, BBC TWO) to find out how Suffolk craftsman and designer Dan Rule was able to set up his business Pure Tree Design, despite being turned away from mainstream finance due to lack of trading history. Click here to watch this episode on BBC iPlayer

Foundation East was able to help Mona, Shaz, Debra, Mervyn and Dan, thanks to individuals and organisations investing in its Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) shares. Those investing gain 25% tax relief on their investment over five years, plus the feel-good factor of knowing their investment is directly helping the communities in which they live.

You can find out more about how Foundation East CITR shares work and how it’s a win, win, win proposition here.

You can apply for your Foundation East CITR shares here.

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    Foundation East is the only Responsible Finance provider offering loans and business support to businesses across the East of England. We create £15 of social value for every £1 we loan. To continue helping local entrepreneurs, we're becoming increasingly reliant on funds raised through members buying our CITR shares. Buying CITR shares brings many social, economic and financial benefits.

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