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Welcome to the Thomas Arneway Trust

Financing the things you need to succeed

Starting a small business has always been tough. With no revenue stream and no trading record it's difficult to borrow money for the things you'll need to succeed. You might need funds to go towards building your website, helping you with a business plan, supporting you with your marketing or buying critical equipment. What you need is a small business start-up loan. But for new ventures, they're hard – and expensive – to find.

It's always been that way. In 1603, businessman Thomas Arneway left instructions in his will that part of his estate should be sold and the proceeds used for the benefit of those in business who were eligible to receive loans. He also wanted his small business loans to be affordable.

The Thomas Arneway Trust has been in operation since then. The cap on small business start-up loans has grown with inflation to be £20,000 today. The rate for lending is one percent above base rate. The term of the loan is three years. And the 'young men' stipulation has been removed. Today, we make small business finance available to women and men.

The Trust offers loans at just 1% above the base rate so currently offers one of the most competitive rates around

If you’re starting or growing a small business, and you need funding to help it succeed, read on...