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BBC One Series Highlights More Foundation East Success Stories

27th August 2019 By Foundation East in News

BBC One documentary series, A Matter of Life and Debt, has returned to our screens for a third series and continues to celebrate the work we do giving responsible finance to entrepreneurs who have struggled to access finance from mainstream lenders…


Following on from the inspirational entrepreneurs whose stories were told in Series 2, another three local entrepreneurs supported by Foundation East are featured in the third series of the BBC documentary ‘A Matter of Life and Debt’. The series sets out to tell the stories of people whose lives have been transformed thanks to an ethical loan and, as a Responsible Finance Provider operating in the East of England, that statement perfectly fits the hundreds of entrepreneurs that we have supported over the past 15 years.


Series 3 Episode 3

Scoliosis SOS:

Teenage entrepreneur Erika turned a life changing scoliosis diagnosis into a hugely successful business with a genuine focus on improving community well-being.

After receiving non-surgical scoliosis management in Spain, Erika decided to start a business offering the non-invasive treatment in the UK. After rigorous examination of her proposal, Foundation East awarded a loan to Erika. The loan Foundation East offered enabled Erika to start Scoliosis SOS and it was soon able to open for business.

Click here to watch this episode on BBC iPlayer.


Series 3 Episode 9

BeeBee Wraps:

Mum-of-two Kath wanted to minimise her family's use of plastic and came up with the idea of making waxed cotton covers for her own use from her kitchen.

From there it began to evolve from a hobby for Kath into a business and after enrolling on a Cambridge Social Ventures weekend, Foundation East were able to step in and provide her with the funding she needed to transform her venture into a fully fledged business. BeeBee Wraps now uses natural beeswax to produce an environmentally friendly alternative to cling film and plastic wrapping.

Click here to watch this episode on BBC iPlayer.

Series 3 Episode 10

Recovery Hub Ipswich:

In Ipswich, Simon Aalders has set up the Recovery Hub, a residential programme to help rebuild lives blighted by addiction.

As well as quality residential care and expert support, Recovery Hub also provides much needed community recreation space in Ipswich. Foundation East was able to provide the seed money Simon needed to get the venture off the ground and Recovery Hub Ipswich was born.

Click here to watch this episode on BBC iPlayer.

Foundation East was able to help support these entrepreneurs and many other 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, as well as knowing their investment is directly helping local communities.

You can find out more about Foundation East 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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