The Start Up Loans scheme has celebrated the transaction of its 10,000th loan, which was awarded to Cornish entrepreneur Allen Martin to help him initiate his new business providing online help for landlords.
The scheme, launched earlier this year and chaired by business mogul James Caan, has had a promising year as it is now a third of the way in meeting its target of supporting 30,000 new businesses with £151 million by 2015.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Start Up Loans are helping budding entrepreneurs across our country achieve their dreams – people who have got ideas, determination and solid business plans, but through no fault of their own can’t get the money to make a go of it. New businesses are the lifeblood of a healthy, expanding economy: a symbol of aspiration and a source of jobs, that’s why Start Up Loans matter to me – and it’s why they’re a key part of my plan for Britain.”
The scheme provides new businesses with the initial cash outlay, which varies between each application, and also offers continued support in a mentoring role to the newly registered businesses.
However, there is still a long way to go. Mr Caan said: “Looking what we have achieved to date is astounding – however, there is still much work to be done; now that we have lifted the age cap, our focus has to be on helping all entrepreneurs of all ages come forward to start their business.”
The aforementioned Mr Martin was one of the first to benefit from the eradication of the 18-30 age cap, which was lifted back in July 2013 by David Cameron.
At Milsted Langdon, we understand that starting a business can be a daunting process, which is why we offer ML Enterprise, a specialist ‘one-stop shop’ service for start-ups, including helping with raising finance. For further information on how ML Enterprise can help you in those crucial early stages of your business, please contact us.