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29th Mar, 2016

Elite Training is aiming for the next level

Elite Training Assessing & Development provides teachers with training and qualifications on a flexible schedule. This company has brought first-rate training to future teachers in Wigan and Manchester. With a £50,000 loan from the rebuildingsociety community, Elite hopes to improve cashflow to hire additional staff and soon move to new premises. (more…)


18th Mar, 2016

Creative Building Maintenance is Growing — and They Need Your Help!

In more than two decades working in the office fit-out industry, Antony Neilson noticed a trend: clients would have to work with numerous contractors to get their entire office designed, outfitted and ready to go.

So in 2013 he created Creative Construction Group to be a one stop shop for businesses seeking new or renovated office space. Creative does everything from design the space, find the chairs and install the electricity. Today, listed as Creative Building Maintenance, the company seeks a loan of £70,000 in order to improve their cashflow, refinance existing debt, and invest in marketing.

A One-Stop Shop

Neilson strives to make it easy for companies to get their entire project off the ground with one contract.

“For 25 years, I’ve worked for the office fit-out type companies and building companies, and I put that all under one roof. That enables us to build a building, fit it out, and give the keys back to the client at the end. The majority of our trades are in house staff as opposed to sub-contractors. We do it all.”

This means more efficient schedules, better prices and happier, less-stressed clients.

The company aims to grow further and take on more facilities management work, which would mean consistent cashflow from longterm contracts. That’s one reason Creative needs a more robust marketing strategy so they can attract clients to this new aspect of the business.

A Solid Business Base

Creative is offering a personal guarantee with personal guarantee insurance as well as an all assets debenture to secure this loan. And, Neilson says he hopes the company’s strong financial prospects will help lenders feel safe in pursuing the opportunity.

“We’re looking to report our best year yet at the end of July from an accounts point of view. We have a good, solid business base. Along side that, I have the personal expertise of 25 years. I’ve personally said I would guarantee the loan as well. I’m willing to put my neck on the line to get to where I need to get to.”

And they’re headed, in part, to increased turnover that will strengthen the business overall. Neilson has a strategy to £1.8 million this year, £5 million by 2018, and £12 million by 2020.

Learn more about this loan opportunity on the application and discussion.


02nd Mar, 2016

Learning Spaces Brings Innovation Back to Classrooms

The consultants at Learning Spaces provide innovative education design solutions to private and state schools in the UK focusing particularly on IT learning centres and libraries to help advance literacy and educational achievement. Director of Design Services Sam Stevens is enthusiastic about exciting opportunities in marrying of education and design, and with the help of rebuildingsociety he hopes to bring that vision to more schools in 2016.

A moment of inspiration

Stevens has always been passionate about art and design, but after university he went into tech sales. When he was installing a new suite of PCs in a school’s drab classroom space, he was struck by an idea. He offered to design and commission desks and other design elements that would enhance the educational effectiveness of the space. A passion for education design was born, and after trying some ideas for another firm, he started his own project.

“We strive really to bring the very best out of teaching and learning across the UK. There are certain aspects of teaching that are failing because kids are bored. We bring ‘the wow factor’ to the projects we do.”

Whether it’s installing new desks and chairs or designing an entire wing of a school, Learning Spaces does it all. They do workshops with kids, teachers and administrators to generate ideas for the spaces they create.

“But we always include some wild and wonderful things the schools hadn’t considered themselves.”

Financing growth

With a successful application for £50,000 from the rebuildingsociety community, Learning Spaces will pursue a few different goals, including refinancing existing debt, attending a trade show that consistently brings in new clients, and purchase much needed equipment. A broker at Fasttrack Finance brought Learning Spaces to rebuildingsociety, and it is Stevens’s first experience with peer-to-peer lending.

Stevens hopes to inspire confidence in potential rebuildingsociety lenders when they learn about the longterm success of his business and his ongoing strategy for growth.

Learning Spaces “has a solid business model with a Public client base which ensures no issues with bad debts. The company will generate in excess of £550,000 in revenue with £100,000 in net profit in the forthcoming year alone and is therefore a safe and secure business.”

Learn more about this business in its application and discussion board.


26th Feb, 2016

Concept Automotive is in the Fast Lane to Growth

Popular automotive leasing company Concept has come to rebuildingsociety.com to pursue its next round of growth and improvements.

Paul Bulloch launched this venture 12 years ago because he was ready to step out on his own after many years as a businessman. As his business continues to grow, he proves the automotive industry is in his blood.
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