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Enterprise Loans celebrates 30th Anniversary with Black Tie Event

Responsible finance provider Enterprise Loans celebrated its 30th anniversary in style this week (17 September) with a black tie event that brought together more than 200 key stakeholders, partners and funders to highlight the impact Enterprise Loans has had on the East and South East Midlands.

To mark the occasion, the event, which took place at Winstanley House in Leicester, featured a showcase for some of the businesses Enterprise Loans has supported, a three-course Asian meal and an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements accomplished by Enterprise Loans backed businesses.

Quammar Zamman, CEO at Enterprise Loans, said:

“First Enterprise launched in 1989 to help the inner-city Nottingham BME community get started in business. And since that time the organisation has developed into so much more and has grown into the leading Responsible Finance Provider in the East Midlands and South East Midlands, supporting a wide range of businesses and entrepreneurs from a number of industries.

“Over the years we’re proud to have won several funding streams, such as Start Up Loans, the Creative Quarter Loan Fund and most recently the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, to support this aim. These have enabled us to reach and support even more incredible businesses within the region.

“This has culminated into an incredible total of £25 million that has been lent to SME’s and more than 10,000 individuals have been supported to find employment or start-up their own businesses across the East and South East Midlands in the last 30 years.”

The evening, which was hosted by established broadcast journalist and TV presenter Rachael Downie, also featured speeches from Hassan Ahmed, chairman of First Enterprise and Richard Bearman, managing director of Start Up Loans.

The accomplishments of many of the businesses supported by Enterprise Loans was celebrated throughout the evening but the pinnacle included Country Bumpkin Yurts walking away with the award for best start up business, Shalom Lloyd from Naturally Tribal who took home the award for best female business person, Easy Pre Orders came top of the category for best sustained business and Freddie Nyonjola from Briteyellow was announced as best ethnic business person.

Quammar added:

“We would like to congratulate all those who were nominated and successful in our awards. Over the years we have supported some truly fantastic companies and love to see them all achieving their goals. I would like to thank everyone who joined us on Tuesday evening to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we cannot wait to see what Enterprise Loans achieves over the next 30 years.”

Enterprise Loans is an ethical finance and business advice provider which is headquartered in Nottingham with further offices in Leicester, Lincoln and Milton Keynes and covers the entire East and South East Midlands region.

For more information on Enterprise Loans visit or follow @1st_Enterprise on Twitter.

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