Foundation East is a membership organisation. Both individuals and companies who are resident in the United Kingdom can become members.

There are two types of shares available to investors; ordinary and CITR. Community Investment Tax Relief, or "CITR", entitles you to claim 5% of your investment back from HMRC each year for 5 years. That equates to a 25% return!

100% of your investment is loaned to small businesses who can't get a loan from the bank. 

Please use our online portal to invest in membership shares. Simply click the “Invest Online Now” button below to begin the investment process. Please make sure you have read and understood all the investment information before proceeding.


Please note: If you are a corporation that is not registered on Companies House and wish to invest (e.g. Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Registered Society) then please click here to fill out our Investment E-mail Template.


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Member Testimonials

I sat in on a meeting between one of my clients and Foundation East. It was so refreshing to hear the application would be judged on the business case and the individual, rather than a remote credit scoring system, together with an offer of ongoing help and support, as opposed to simply monitoring. - Brian Floringer, Partner at Lovewell Blake LLP Certain shares in Foundation East qualify for a tax relief aimed at stimulating community investment. Becoming a member enabled me to obtain a good return (by way of tax reduction) and at the same time channel resources to new business ventures focused on wealth creation. - John Parker, individual member I wanted to work with SMEs and joining Foundation East gave me that opportunity. Foundation East support the local economy by providing finance to businesses. As a member I can become directly involved with the SMEs we support and I welcome the opportunity to see them develop. I am also helping Foundation East grow, evolve and continue much needed finance to the SME sector. - Barry Van Eupen, local business owner