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ART Business Loans

Who benefits

Originally ART Business Loans lent to enterprises based in inner city Birmingham. Over the years, with increased private and public sector support, ART Businses Loans has expanded to support the access to finance agenda and lend to businesses across the wider West Midlands region, which includes the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire.

Borrowers

ART Business Loans borrowers are diverse businesses in terms of size, activity, stage of development and the challenges they face. They have ranged from traditional manufacturers to hi-tech digital companies, and from caterers to consultants.


Able Journeys

"ART Business Loans was not the cheapest, but they were prepared to lend me the money, which other funders weren’t in the early days."

Tajinder Chaudhry, Director

Able Journeys specialises in offering holidays around the world with appropriate support for the disabled, including wheelchair users and the visually and hearing impaired. A loan from ART allowed founder Tajinder Chaudhry to buy the necessary specialist equipment – hoists, ramps, mobile stair climber, etc – to get started and develop a comprehensive and sophisticated website.


Joanne’s Florist and Tea Room

"Graham from ART was really helpful and friendly. He still pops by when he is in the area to see how we are getting on."

Joanne McDonnell, Director

Joanne was running a small shop, selling flowers and plants, when the chance to move to bigger premises came up. Having always fancied running a tea shop, she jumped at the opportunity to include both under one roof. A loan from ART Business Loans enabled Joanne to buy a van, stock and improve the premises.


Oaks Consultancy

"Martin from ART was a realist. He was grounded and intelligent. He understood the business and the bigger picture"

Mark Walker, Director

Oaks Consultancy offers business planning, transformation and fundraising expertise to sports-related third sector organisations. A loan from ART Business Loans helped brothers Adam and Mark Walker to employ more staff to support rapid growth of their business. Reaching 10 times the size they were at the outset meant that in Mark’s words they were burning cash’, but the banks couldn’t help.


KPM Marine

"We're grateful for the existence of ART. In today’s economic environment UK business more than ever need financiers with vision, who are prepared to take a calculated risk and support an entrepreneurial approach."

Jules Morgan, Joint Managing Director

KPM Marine designs and exports precision engineered products and parts around the world. ART Business Loans has supported the business with several loans over the years, which helped to bring new products to market, move to more efficient premises and protect and create jobs.

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