Our franchise was 30% busier after borrowing £100,000

For our first business trip of 2015, we visited the Bath franchise of the well-known “Neal’s Yard Remedies” to see how they were getting on after taking out their Funding Circle loan back in May 2014.

Neal’s Yard Remedies is a leading British retailer of organic beauty products and natural medicine. They operate a franchise network across the UK and their shop in central Bath, Somerset is just one of 40.

The Bath franchise is run by 3 co-owners who are all natural therapists: Jon Huxley an Acupuncturist, Amanda Lewis-Stark a Medical Herbalist and Elizabeth Season a Naturopath. They knew the business needed more space so they searched for funding to allow them to move out from their small site.

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After finding a larger premises just 20 yards from their existing shop, the business borrowed £100,000 from 935 individuals through Funding Circle – each lending as little as £20 to the business. Anne was one of them, and we invited her to come along to meet the business she lent to.

In this short video you’ll meet co-owners Elizabeth and Jon, hear their plans for the business, and how the money they raised from individual investors across the UK lead them to being 30% busier during the Christmas period, compared to Christmas 2013.

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Jack Pritchett

Senior Communications Manager