A Matter of Life and Debt

Businesses funded by Start Up Loans take centre stage in this new BBC documentary series

Responsible lending is at the heart of Start Up Loans

We’ve helped thousands of people start and grow their own businesses over the years.

A new BBC series, A Matter of Life and Debt, takes a look at the lives of people and their businesses, which have been transformed through responsible, ethical lending. The series will take a look at just a few of the success stories we’re proud to have supported.

Find out more about each of the Start Up Loan recipients featured in the programme below.

Academy ICT

Brian Stoneman

With the held of a £6,600 Start Up Loan, Brian Stoneman was able to develop his develop his business providing affordable and scalable IT solutions for schools…

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ADi Access

Spencer Hassel, Steve and Helen Holyer

After Steve’s eyesight began to worsen, he, Spencer and Helen began to develop audio systems to help those with visual impairments…

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Berry’s Bakery

Robert D’Orville

After receiving his Start Up Loan in 2015, Robert was able to ownership of Berry’s Bakery and establish a strong reputation for bread and confectionery…

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Bilbo’s Pet Spa

Marion Aylott

Based in Woolaston, Gloucestershire, Bilbo’s Pet Spa offers treatments for pets ranging from grooming to hydrotherapy and weight-loss programmes…

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Brett’s Pets

Brett Weller

Owned and run by 27-year old Brett, Brett’s Pets has built a large following in Chorley, Lancashire…

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Cocoa Amore

Peter Gardner

After working in the pub industry for 10 years Peter Gardner taught himself how to make chocolate online and set up his first store…

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Eden Education Centre

Trevor Jones and Peter Jones

The Eden Education Centre works with children of all ages across South Wales to tackle the lack of new, young engineers emerging in the UK…

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Elphius Flux

Jason and Gwen Hopkinson

Elphius Flux grew from a hobby for Jason and Gwen to a fully-fledged business creating bespoke furniture from reclaimed materials..

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Health & Food

Katerina Pavlakis

With a background running her own business, when Katerina and her husband moved to rural north Wales, they were keen to start something new…

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HMW Personal Training

Helen Marie Wilson

After graduating with a degree in Choreography at 27, Helen Marie set her own personal training and Pilates business to satisfy her love of movement…

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Jo Boulton Photography

Jo Boulton

After five years as a photographer for a training company, Jo decided to go it alone and set up her own photography business…

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Mayim Mermaid Academy

Michelle Forsbrey

Whilst recovering from an injury, Michelle, a keen surfer and skier, experienced the fun of life as a mermaid. She’s now turned this into a business like no other, the Mayim Mermaid Academy…

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Laura Lautrete

With experience managing a number of high-profile London restaurants under her belt,
Laura decided to take a new culinary concept to chester: grilled cheese sandwiches…

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Obvious Arts

Fergus Ryan

Obvious Arts is a one-man show, set up in June 2016 by Fergus Ryan, which specialises in therapeutic activities, arts in education and performance…

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Old School BBQ Bus

Mark Fairley

Former steelworker Mark Fairley launched his own traditional American BBQ business in a bright yellow high school bus with the help of a £24,000 Start Up Loan…

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The Sewing Room

Jacqueline Moran

After being made redundant, Jacqueline Moran realised her dream of opening an alterations business with the help of a Start Up Loan…

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Yorkshire Dama Cheese

Razan Al-Sous

After travelling from Syria, and unable to secure a job, Razan Al-Sous began producing Halloumi cheese in Yorkshire. Within a year of starting Razan’s skills had gained international recognition and awards for here cheese…

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