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How many Angels does it take to change our world?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Today at 11am, our Chair and Founder is going to receive a welcome cheque for our Gloucestershire operation. This donation is from our good friends at Angels 4 Angels, a well – respected Angel investment company based in the County, who also contributed to us last year.

Donations from individuals and companies are always especially welcome. Why is that? Because they are voluntary donations from people and organisations who understand what we do. They understand that four letter-word – Risk. And many or most successful business people know that risk is an integral part of business success. There are few, if any, well-heeled entrepreneurs who, at some time, have not suffered sleepless nights and chewed finger nails to reach the top of their game. A quick glance at James Dyson’s story illustrate this so clearly. How many of us would have the courage he had in those early years?

Many of our stakeholders think the Government should support our efforts more wholeheartedly; and we often think that ourselves; but Governments can be capricious and find it hard to think and plan in the long-term. And they change. With each new Minister comes a fresh set of values and a different degree of understanding. Like a slightly slower version of speed-dating, relationships are sought and nurtured, just when the bell rings to move on.

One of our ambassadors wrote a few years ago that ‘There is no greater privilege, when you have reached the top floor, than to send the lift down to help the next person.’ There are many business people out there who think and act the same. Although you don’t get much glory for doing so, we say Thank You. And more importantly, so do the hundreds of business starters we will help over the coming years. Angels indeed!

Too small to be noticed. Too important to be ignored.

Friday, June 19th, 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 to meet his reckoning at Waterloo. But for the superior allied strategy, Britain might now be under French governance; enjoying 30-hour working weeks, superlative wine and 2-hours for lunch. How we could have suffered.

However, Fredericks plays a similar diminutive role in the nation’s economy. Most of what we achieve is not recognised or appreciated at a national level. Our impact is a mere drop in the ocean of business lending in the UK; a minnow among sharks.

Drill it down to a local, and human level, and we are changing lives every day. Our army of volunteers, our skilled staff, our investors enable Fredericks to equip people to make their dreams a reality. When the world, the banks, the Government, the credit reference companies say ‘no’, and you can’t, you never will, don’t be silly, we delight in saying ‘Yes, we think you can.’

The power of enabling people to start their own business is potent, and drives us to often work exhausting hours and travel endless miles to help people. And our volunteers often do the same for no financial gain.

Our own Waterloo is to be invisible. That is our greatest worry. We need to be more visible on the battlefield for funding, And we cannot do that alone. We would ask everyone who has a relationship with us to shout long and hard about what we achieve; the crucial part we play in the sub-prime lending market, the hope we can give those whose ambitions have been blocked. Tell your friends, your family, your MP, your local authority.

If it is not too much of a stretch, France without their vertically-challenged leader would be a poorer place. The UK economy, without its small band of community funds would be a sadder and less prosperous place. It is time to stand up and say so!

Big Give update

Thursday, December 11th, 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 Give. Whether you let us know who you are or whether you preferred to remain anonymous – we thank you! We also promise to use the funds to support some more brilliant clients, whose entrepreneurial spark just requires a small sum to get it launched.

Thank you everyone and thank you Reed Foundation!

The Big Give (Loan)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 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’ strapline could sound hypocritical in the context of a blog post that is blatantly asking for gifts. The simple message is though that we help people with people and we help people with loans. The money comes back but the people cost money. All those of you who have met our hard-pressed client managers will know how thinly stretched they are. If you give up your time or your resources to support us then we salute you for it. You are fantastic and heroic!

But this week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday (4, 5 and 6 December 2014) at 10am there is an opportunity to make a little money work by turning it into a little more money. The Big Give will lever in additional finance for Fredericks, bringing in a match from Reed Foundation which has generously chosen to support us.

So please set an alert on your phone for 9.58am in time to gather up your battered credit card and click here: http://bit.ly/fredsbiggive

To find out more visit the Reed Foundation – Development and Human Rights page