Sussex based business champions the Let’s Do Business Group shortlisted for national award

Leading Hastings based business advice and finance support provider, The Let’s Do Business Group has been shortlisted for the Natwest SE100 awards in the ‘growth champions’ category. The organisation has recently seen a significant period of growth, with turnover increasing by 33% in the last year alone.

Let’s Do Business has been providing advice, training, loan finance and grants to businesses throughout the Sussex region and beyond for over 20 years, expanding their offering from their home county of East Sussex to the wider South East, South West, East Midlands and even as far as North Yorkshire. The Let’s Do Business Group are key partners in a number of government backed schemes such as The New Enterprise Allowance and Start up loans, aimed at helping small and start-up enterprises get their business idea off the ground.

The last five years has seen the Let’s Do Business team provide access to finance worth over £20 million, helping to grow the economy and create extensive job opportunities in communities up and down the country. Over 4500 businesses have benefitted from this funding, with over 5000 jobs sustained due to the availability of business finance support offered by the group.

The nomination for the growth champion award marks the end of a successful year for the Let’s Do Business Group, with a wide variety of businesses in a broad number of industries benefitting from the group’s support.  Their satisfied clients include Eastbourne’s Ellis Building Contractors, St Leonards based pizza restaurant Pizzarelli, and Margate based Gallery Bar.

Pizzarelli owner James Norris said ‘I wouldn’t have been able to buy Pizzarelli if it wasn’t for Let’s Do Business Group.’ This sentiment was echoed by Ellis Building Contractors Managing Director Derek Godfrey who said ‘This financial support is allowing us to grow the company, and in turn create jobs and boost the local economy.’

The NatWest SE100 Index is now in its 7th year of celebrating the most successful leaders in social enterprise and its impact on the sustainability of the sector in the UK . The shortlisted organisations will be invited to bring members of their team to attend a special residential Insight Event at the RBS/NatWest Business School in Edinburgh in early 2017, focusing on ‘Leadership and Building a Brilliant Social Enterprise Team.’ The winners will be announced on 19th January at a ceremony in London.

Graham Marley, CEO of the Let’s Do Business Group, said ‘ The Let’s Do Business team have had an incredibly successful year, which has seen us help in excess of 4500 businesses with funding, enabling them to grow and prosper. Everyone at Let’s Do Business is thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Growth Champion category – the nomination serves as recognition of the hard work and commitment we dedicate to helping businesses thrive.’

The Growth Champion award is given to a social venture on the Index who has experienced positive, financial growth from one year to the next. The winner will need to prove sustainable and diverse income streams, coupled with a sustainable business model.

Mark Parsons, Head of Community Finance and Social Enterprise at NatWest, said: “The SE100 Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the very best in UK social enterprise. This year’s strong shortlist showcases the vibrancy and diversity of these businesses, which are making our economy more successful and our communities stronger. NatWest has been a proud supporter of the sector for many years and we look forward to welcoming all of those shortlisted to the Awards ceremony in January.”

If you would like to know more about how the Let’s Do Business Group can help your start up business, please contact our team today.