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01st Oct, 2018

Inside the opportunity

We took some time to speak to Montgomery Food International about their business and their plans going forward.


06th Jul, 2018

Giddy Kids North – A caring and ethical community boosting business

Our business, Giddy Kids North, is a family run, state of the art play centre in Lancashire designed with both the child and the adult in mind. It is a play centre like no other, with next generation play equipment installed! It is crammed with fun, educational activities, which will nurture children in a safe and friendly environment. We are really proud to offer an outside area with play equipment for those lovely summer days too – something that not many other centres can say.

We aim to use our skills to provide a high quality experience for children, parents, grandparents and carers. The building has been specifically designed to maximise views across the open countryside in West Lancashire and gain maximum natural light.

We offer complimentary Wi-Fi for guests and a fully equipped kitchen produces locally sourced foods for both the children’s parties and light lunches and refreshments. We have a barista coffee machine and use a coffee company based in a nearby village. Each week we have a variety of homemade cakes and soups available to purchase and are proud of the variety of food we offer.

We hold a variety of midweek activities and classes such as arts and crafts, Baby Ballet, drama, and many more activities for children.

The aim is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children, including some of those who require a little extra assistance. We are working closely with local schools who provide education for these children, and they are wanting to include a day visit once a week into their syllabus, allowing the children to come and explore the centre, using the equipment and benefiting from the sensory experience, all without being frightened or intimidated by the loud environment that sometimes comes along with play centres.

We are also looking to benefit the community by working alongside the council and social services, to give looked after children a wonderful experience, come and play and be children once again.  Along with this, we will also be looking to provide a service where contact can be made with children & their parents with whom they don’t currently live with, when it needs to be structured to allow for the safe development of the children.  This is something that is very close to our hearts, as having parents who have fostered children for the last 10 years, it is such a wonderful feeling to help them overcome the heartache and pain they’ve already experienced at such a young age, and to watch them play and be children once again, even if only for a short time, is enough to drive us forwards in continuing to pursue our dream of being able to give back to the community.


18th May, 2018

PIMFA FinTech Conference Competition 2018  

After two years of success, the PIMFA FinTech Solutions Competition, held by the Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association (PIMFA), is holding its third open competition for companies to present their ‘FinTech Solution’ at the PIMFA Fintech Conference 2018 on 12th September 2018.  

PIMFA is searching for the most innovative start-ups that can provide FinTech solutions for corporate and enterprise customers. This year’s competition is now open, please click here to enter, to read the full competition brief and terms and conditions please click here. The competition will close on Thursday 31st May at 5pm, the finalists will be selected on Friday 1st June.  

If your firm is shortlisted, you will need to present in front of a committee of PIMFA IT Directors on either the 5th or 6th June 2018.  

 What You Will Win!!!

If you are successful, your firm will be able to demonstrate your FinTech solution at the PIMFA Fintech Conference on Wednesday 12th September 2018, a one-day event which provides attendees with a platform to explore the advantages and potential risks of bringing together technology and the investment management and financial advice industry. Typically attended by over 200 delegates whose firms manage in excess of £825 billion of the country’s wealth, our conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase the latest in Fintech innovation. 

You will be given a 10 minute slot to present in front of senior industry CIO’s and COO’s followed by a 5 minute Q&A. The 4 winning participants will also have their logos displayed as part of the conference programme and have 2 free delegate places at the event.  

Click here to view the highlight video from last year’s conference.  

All applicants can expect a response with regards to their application by Friday 1st June 2018.  

 Key Dates and Details  

Competition Now Open, CLICK HERE to Enter for Free  

Closing date: 17:00 on Thursday 31st May 2018 

Last year’s winners: 

Adviscent Apiax , Appway , moneyinfo , Ripplerock 

15th Dec, 2015

Celebrate the Holidays with rebuildingsociety

Make your season merry and bright with the rebuildingsociety community. Our partner businesses offer a wonderful range of goods and services, so you can share something special with everyone on your list and throw the perfect holiday gathering. This is the first of two posts highlighting some of the great gift and entertainment options our partners provide. Read the second one here.

GF Foods

We are excited to share a special holiday promotion from GF Foods aka Feel Free Foods, a premiere gluten free products brand. As a special treat, the company has offered 15 percent off to any rebuildingsociety community member who purchases their Traditional Christmas Bundle and use code CH002 through 16 December.

In this lovely bundle, receive mince pies, iced Christmas cake, and Christmas puddings. All products are gluten free, so everyone at your holiday meal can enjoy them. We hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer before the 16th of December, guaranteeing you receive your products by Christmas.

Candy Hero

Fill your stockings with a seemingly infinite selection of international sweets and candies from Candy Hero. Since receiving a loan from rebuildingsociety in 2014, the company has expanded its brand and grown its inventory — and that’s great news for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Candy Hero has sweetened the deal just for you. Use code R3BUILDXMAS15 at and get a 10 percent discount on your entire purchase.

Liberta Italian Restaurant

Indulge in the richness of the season with an Italian dinner at Liberta in Bathgate. This family-run establishment offers a range of Italian cuisine at a great value. This year, the restaurant is a finalist in the Scottish Italian Awards for best family restaurant and best pizzeria.

Visit Liberta for their special Christmas lunch and dinner to receive a complimentary glass of wine. Perhaps this will be the start of a new family tradition!

At Liberta, you will get a delicious meal at a great value. And of course, you’ll be supporting the rebuildingsociety community, which provided a loan to this restaurant in 2014.

Exquisite Handmade Cakes

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, based here in Leeds, creates sumptuous baked goods perfect for any holiday gathering. And they’re a great gift for your loved one with a sweet tooth. Whether you seek a decorated custom cake, a delectable loaf, or the perfect accent to a party tray, Exquisite can provide the treats you seek.

We’re proud of our partnership with Exquisite Homemade Cakes, which successfully completed a loan with the community in 2013.

So make this holiday season extra sweet. You can reach Exquisite by phone at +44 (0) 113 289 0283 to learn more about their products and distributors.

Tamar Trails

Share the gift of adventure with the outdoors lover on your list. Tamar Trails offers a wide range of activities including hiking, canoeing and ziplining to get anyone’s adrenaline pumping.

Tamar Trails has gotten even better since completing a loan with rebuildingsociety early this year. Zip on over to their website to learn more.

Puppy Kit

Of course, you can’t leave your beloved pets out of the holiday fun. Puppy Kit has everything you need to get your cat, dog or bird looking great, as well as accessories like food bowls and leads.

Find Puppy Kit online and make sure you place your order in time for Christmas delivery. Or visit the boutique at visit the boutique at 70 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

Get more holiday shopping ideas from rebuildingsociety here.

25th Jun, 2014

Preparing Your Business For Any Eventuality

Dan Rajkumar, MD of rebuildingsociety shares some tips for business owners picked up during his 12 years of running businesses.

Sometimes opportunity comes knocking at the funniest of times…

We know that 4 out of 5 businesses are not looking to raise finance at any given time, but if a competitor knocks on your door tomorrow asking you to buy them out, or if you spot a great opportunity for growth, then it is best to be prepared. After all, they say the definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity, so here are a few hints and good practice tips help you to get lucky…

As someone running a growing business, you need to know a few things you can do to strengthen your credit risk profile now, so that when you do come to borrow funds, your business is best placed to be seen as low-risk, ensuring you get better interest rates.

It will take you 15 minutes to fix a few things that could save you thousands later on… (more…)

06th Dec, 2013

Introducing Crowdfunding Focus Magazine & Discount for Members

As the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending industries grow, they will require specialist media to cover them and become reliable and impartial sources of information for all sides. We’re proud to be supporting CrowdFunding Focus, a new magazine available on iTunes and in January it will be available on the Newsstand at the Google Play store for Android devices.

The magazine covers, among other things:

  • Articles by experts
  • Tools, tips and resources
  • Book reviews
  • Interviews
  • Podcasts
  • Success stories

05th Mar, 2013

What is a Social Impact Bond?

At we believe strongly in the social benefits of peer-to-business lending as well as the returns offered to lenders, so an article that caught our eye in The Economist on 23 February was a story about private investors funding a scheme to help rough sleepers, with returns paid if targets are met.

In short, Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) pay investors returns as social objectives are achieved – so in the example given by the Economist, investors stand to gain a 6.5% return from the Greater London Authority if two charities that deal with homeless people perform well. Conversely, investors could lose everything if the organisation doing the work fails to meet targets.


23rd Jan, 2013

What would funding do for your business?

The Funding for Lending scheme is reported to be fuelling a resurgence in the housing market, but there are doubts over its effectiveness in getting funds to businesses.

Many would say loosening controls over lending to individuals and businesses got us into this mess in the first place, but to rule out profitable businesses with dynamic leaders looking to grow, lenders are surely missing the opportunity to back a winner.


17th Jan, 2013

At Least HMV’s Closure Has Increased Sales in Crystal Balls

The unfortunate news about HMV, Jessops and Blockbuster this week has turned even your most casual observer into a retail expert.

Anyone can take a look down their local high street and forecast the next big failure, but at we’re excited about the next generation of high street retail and the signals these failures tell us about the future of the financial services market as we draw the comparisons between the two.

At the heart of this is value and choice. (more…)

29th Oct, 2012

Resuscitating Streets

Reading about the latest attempt to resuscitate Britain’s high streets by the Distressed Retail Property Taskforce fills one with feelings of deva-vu. This time last year, Mary Portas was trying to do the same, but the cost of living has continued to rise in that time and shoppers will continue to shop online because it is convenient. These campaigns seek to address one side of the problem – if the shoppers had more money to spend, they probably would.

So it’s not looking good for the high street, but the UK has to accept that the business model of the last 50 years has changed. Consumers will vote with their feet and retailers might choose to move exclusively online to save the physical overheads incurred through owning or renting premises.

There have been calls for all out of town planning applications to automatically go through ministers, but why should a business forego an excellent opportunity to get shoehorned into a unit that might not be the right size or dynamic for its operation?

You can’t halt change, but there is opportunity there.


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