The loan process is quick and it is helpful in the way it is low interest, setting out a payment plan that is affordable and easily manageable. The loan will help me greatly as I have just relocated and it will help me with getting settled in and buying the essentials.

Jonathon, Gateshead

It has helped me in so many ways getting myself back on my feet.

Ann, Middlesbrough

I have managed to buy a car to get back to work.

Graham, Middlesbrough

Made my life a lot easier after moving home and helping me get the furniture and other items I needed

Martin, Port Clarence

I’ve been with Five Lamps for many years; they have helped me a lot especially when I need it for Christmas and new homes to decorate. I recommend them to everyone would not get a loan from anywhere else to be honest, I’ve been here that long with them I always get nice staff too they are polite

Kelly, Newcastle

Without help from Five Lamps and the Start-up Loan funding I could never have started Belle Amore and I love spending my time helping people make their special day perfect.

Lucy Mallam, Billingham

Working with Five Lamps was very useful not only in helping us secure some funding but also as a second opinion on the strength of our business model

Ray and Alison McGovern, Hartlepool

Working with Five Lamps was very useful in giving a second opinion on my business model as well as helping me through the NEA process

Louise Hetherington, Hartlepool

I was at the point of despair when I couldn’t access the required capital I needed to grow my business. Without the RGF loan from Five Lamps I would have had to go back to being a one-man band without any prospect of growing the business and attracting new commercial contracts. There is a real gap in support available for existing businesses as a lot of support is focussed on start-ups. It feels great to be able to take on new staff and create much needed employment opportunities in the local area

Mr Smith, Middlesbrough

The loan has helped me so much – it has enabled me to brand my vehicle and advertise. The process was very easy and I have great support – I can’t thank Five Lamps enough.

Louise Hudson, Newcastle upon Tyne.

We have had to learn to put all of our ideas into practise and we are very pleased with the environment for learning this has created. We know there is ongoing support at Five Lamps if we need it and we are expanding with new ideas all the time to grow the business and develop the members.

Adrian and Janette, Stockton

When I first approached Ian and Five Lamps in 2013, I didn’t understand the background of starting your own business, but Five Lamps and the team put together workshops and meetings for people like me to attend. This helped me understand the fundamentals of running your own business. I have a huge amount of respect for the staff at Five Lamps as they are very dedicated to helping people like me. Ian and Deborah showed a lot of interest in my business idea which keeps me motivated. If it wasn’t for Five Lamps I wouldn’t have this business.

Callum Murray, Yarm