5 Valentine’s Day ideas supporting local businesses

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve prepared a selection of gift ideas from 5 fantastic businesses who you and other investors have helped over the past years. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away or exquisite flowers for that special someone, we’ve tailored the list below to suit a wide range of interests and budgets.

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 17.11.59Pictured: Nic from La Petite Poissonnerie

Considering a romantic night in? Look no further. La Petite Poissonnerie, who borrowed £30,000 in August 2015, are a Japanese and French fusion fishmonger in London run by husband and wife, Nic and Zaya Rascle. They sell fresh fish along with a selection of French epicerie and wines and a range of Japanese groceries – everything you need for a special Valentine’s evening at home.

Indulge your loved one this year with organic and natural products. Fushi Wellbeing, who borrowed £139,000 across two Funding Circle loans, are an online retailer of a wide range health and beauty brands, with items such as bath oils, skin care lotions and massage kits.

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 17.17.47Pictured: Lucy from Mill View Plant Centre

Buying flowers for that special someone? Mill View Plant Centre, a family-run plant centre run by Colin Dallimore and his two daughters in Oxfordshire, sell a range of plants and shrubs along with a beautiful array of flowers, a perfect surprise for your significant other. The team borrowed £100,000 from 1,171 individual investors in November 2015 to help them expand and open a coffee shop.

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If you want an adventure, why not book an expedition with Wild & Remote? The company, who borrowed £40,000 in 2012, seek to deliver tailored adventures with a sense of quality and luxury. The experienced team lead a range of exciting trips, from horseback riding in the heart of Devon to hiking in the stunning Swiss Alps.

And finally, if you’re looking to spoil someone this year, Krystal London design and manufacture bespoke jewellery in the UK. The company, who borrowed £40,000 from 671 investors, handcraft everything locally themselves using the finest quality Swarovski Crystals at affordable prices.  

Looking for more inspiration? Read through our other gift ideas.

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Enjoy Lending. The Funding Circle Team

Kendra Bruckner