Who are we?

Fredericks is a CDFI (Community Development Finance Institution) and charity that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks are open to anyone who has a viable business proposition but cannot obtain mainstream finance. Fredericks operates in 18 areas of the country with dedicated client managers on hand to help and support applicants all the way through the process. The support continues even after the applicant has been successful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice, networking and links within the local community that can help support and grow new and expanding businesses.

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Office Hours Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Fredericks Foundation overview

Fredericks Foundation since inception has:

  • Provided over 1200 loans
  • Lent in excess of £4m
  • Created and safeguarded over 2000 jobs

In the last 12 months we have:

  • Created / Protected 242 jobs
  • Advanced 109 loans
  • Lent £612,257
Car Paint Spraying
Dog Training
IT Application Creation
Security & Protection Services
Gardening Services
Psychological Therapist & Consultant
Physical Education Training & Consultants for Teachers
Lingerie Retailer
Shoe Repairer

Berkshire Colleges Loan Scheme

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Business Awards Dinner

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Fredericks News

Business Awards Dinner 6th October
Recognising exceptional entrepreneurship
CIPD Support for Corporate Volunteers
‘From Big Society to the big organisation: the role of organisations in supporting employee volunteering’.  
Single parent on the path to business innovation success
Business idea born out of necessity
2014 a record year
UK Entrepreneurs start record number of businesses
All the news from around the hubs
Catch up on the latest news in Fredericks Foundation
Support from Harrison Clark Rickerbys
More help for small & start up businesses in Northants
Funding fillip for Fredericks Northamptonshire
Press Release
Supporting Sustainable Growth in the Creative Economy
A New Way to Get Credit
Small loans available for any purpose.
Start Up Business Help
If you have a great business idea but need help to launch it - read on
1000th Loan made in Northamptonshire
Fredericks Northamptonshire is celebrating having funded its1000th client here in Northamptonshire.  
Vibrant Retail Sector Returns
Gloucester woos new businesses
HMRC Help & Guidance
Help & Guidance is available from HMRC for people starting out in self employment
Support from Gloucestershire Business Angels
Angels4Angels share Fredericks vision and pledge their support with cash donation
The Funding Network pitches up for Fredericks in Surrey
Philanthropists support Fredericks work in Surrey
Local Jobs Fund
Selwood Housing Supports local enterprise initiative
Connecting Social Enterprise
Expert support & business opportunities
Fredericks & Community Foundation Alliance
New Partnership Launched
The Peoples Supermarket - Update by Sue Wheat, freelance journalist
Kate Bull is aptly named. She is, in the nicest possible way – bullish: determined, opinionated and single-minded.
Why everyone should be supporting CDFIs
Bank of England and Treasury plans to inject £80bn into bank lending to get money moving to businesses in need of finance

Case Studies

A can do attitude made this business happen. 

Art for some can be a passion, for some it can also be a business. 

Looking forward with a career using old skills

Hitting the right note in schools

A passion for gardening

Mum of two Lissie wanted to return to work but couldn’t find a full-time job.

Taking the road to business success

High Tech car repairs for racers of all persuasions

"Living the dream" Funding from Fredericks Gloucester has meant that this mother and daughter team can set up their hair and beauty salon.

Turning a passion for the environment into a living

Darren was unable to find employed work and did not want to register unemployed and receive benefits so he decided to become a self-employed Plumbing & Heating engineer, working mainly on the Island.

Personal fulfillment and a legacy for his children

Luke is Cornwall’s latest client, and was already offering a quality building and maintenance service which was entirely based on word of mouth when he approached Fredericks.

Using drive and determination, Ezim launches her new business. 

New estate agency in Hayle opens for business

How Alex is helping herself by helping others

Being positive and making the changes happen.

Creating new business from old

Monica was rejected for a loan by HSBC in 2012 because she hadn’t been with them for long enough, she described her experience with Fredericks as “approachable, supportive and exciting”.

Carissa has been in business for three years having trained as a screen print designer.  Her passion for her product is summed up in her own words, “I Love Print, I love craft materials – I want to make this my business”.

Trinca-Ferro offers all those items needed for the special finishing touches to make a house really charming and well designed with products such as knobs, racks, mirrors, lamps, watering cans, plate racks and other general utilities.

Fredericks London supports new football magazine. Michael Da Silva is a 28 year old reporter and freelance journalist working for BBC Sport Online, Euro sport and Southwark News.

Fredericks Gloucestershire helps launch new laundry business and what it means to Praveena.

"Meeting Fredericks was an amazing experience," says Mahmoud. “They were incredibly helpful and supportive. I appreciate every single thing they’ve done for me.”

Swindon based Derek's love of motorcycles led to his business idea

Providing a range of Beauty treatments for men and women with the funding she received in December 2010.

"Living the dream" Funding from Fredericks Gloucester has meant that this mother and daughter team can set up their hair and beauty salon.

Now providing for all your landscaping needs, from small repairs to full design and construction, after receiving a loan from Fredericks South East.

A £4000 loan in early 2009 allowed Kelly to buy her own liveried van and really get Anneli Dance on the road.

A £20,000 loan to aid short-term cash-flow means Sky Gardens can continue to flourish.

Awarded a £2,600 loan in May 2010 Peter is making Swindon a tidier place.


14th July, 2015

As I write this, we are discussing our forthcoming regulation by the FCA. It seems sometimes that we, as a small charity, are paying for the sins of the global banks, for we will be under the same strict regime....

6th July, 2015

1. Microfinance is only needed in the Third World, mostly in Africa.

Try telling that to the 1,300 businesses who have used our services to date. The UK has a particular need for this kind of...

19th June, 2015

That was Napoleon. Rumoured to be 5’2″, his stature was somewhat lower than average. His actual role on the world stage was not diminished in any way by this. He was a giant in French history, thankfully...

13th April, 2015

If you are OK about Austerity, Trident and the NHS, may I suggest one question to ask instead. If my prospective candidates appears at my house, I know I will. Monster Raving Loony aside, that is.


27th March, 2015

A zero hours contract. That is pretty much where every budding sole trader and entrepreneur starts. No work, no customers, no money, no sickness pay, no holiday, no pension. Doesn’t sound good, does it?


7th January, 2015

‘Wouldn’t it be easier,’ we are often asked, ‘if your name told everyone what you do?’ And the second most popular is ”What is so different about what Fredericks do, when there are...

11th December, 2014

To let you all know what happened last week – thanks to the fantastic support and persistence of some wonderful donors we managed to raise over £141,000! Of that £41,000 came from the Reed Foundation via Big...

2nd December, 2014

It’s a bit of a problem talking about ‘giving’ and ‘donation’ when everything Fredericks stands for is about lending and paying back. The whole ‘hand up not hand out’...