When we had the idea for our business we were not sure we could make it happen until we contacted Five Lamps. We then met Carol who helped us immensely with our business idea. She enrolled us on money and customer care courses which gave us the confidence to pursue our idea and put our words into action. Now we have come a long way since we had the idea back in August 2013 when it was only a dream. We now have a work van, all of our equipment, a strong customer portfolio and work ethic. We really want to thank Carol, Deborah, Lesley Matthews and the rest of the team at Five Lamps. We would not be where we are today without their help and support

David Hatch, Stockton

Because of the help received from Five Lamps and SVP I was able to buy essential household items we needed and my step daughter now has a proper bed to sleep in. We are very happy with the prompt service we got from both Five Lamps and SVP

Emma South, Middlesbrough

After deciding to purchase a cottage to run as a holiday let Five Lamps provided a wide range of advice and information to help me start my business. By helping me develop a business plan which made me focus on different aspects of the business both positive and negative, they helped me become aware of pitfalls and how to deal with various issues which may arise in order to develop a well run business.

I now have a thriving holiday cottage which is rarely empty, we get great reviews from our guests and many come back again and again.

I am grateful to Five Lamps for the help they gave me in the initial stages and found staff friendly and supportive

Jillian Anderson, Pickering

Five Lamps were a great help, when I needed it most

Darren Boon, Northumberland

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

I’d like to say thank you for all the help all the staff have given me over the years to enable me to get out of debt and now be debt free from doorstep lenders. I will never use them again

Glyn, Tyneside

I feel my employment chances have been increased. It’s thanks to the staff from Five Lamps who gave me additional support and confidence to complete the course. I am now looking at other courses that will help me move quickly into work. My confidence has grown

Carl Hawkes, Stockton

Working will help improve my health even more and without the help of Five Lamps I would not have been able to this. My whole family is grateful for the help we received as it affects us all

Lee Brunton, North Tyneside

I can’t thanks Five Lamps enough for what they did to help me in setting up my business. They were always on hand to offer guidance, advice, encouragement and even networking opportunities. I felt my mentor Carol Sanderson went above and beyond to help me make the most of the resources that were available to me and I knew she was always a phone call away if I was struggling with anything. Being self employed can be a very isolating experience and I found having someone to talk to one on one on a weekly basis absolutely invaluable. I love being able to do something I feel plays to my strengths and talents everyday and I feel like I am constantly learning new skills and achieving things I didn’t think I was capable of

Amy Lindsay, Stockton

I am stunned I do not know what to say, but I would like to thank Five Lamps for all of their help during a difficult time in my life

Penny, Billingham

It is a massive relief to know I do not need to worry about how I will repay that loan. The payments with Five Lamps are so much cheaper and more affordable. I am so relieved they could help me, and very impressed at the speed of their response

Grace, Northumberland

It’s been a lot of work to get the business up and running. Looking back, I don’t think I could have done it without the support I received from Five Lamps. They were with me all the way

Mark Hobson, Norton