Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT) becomes national start up loans provider‏

Coventry, 9 May 2016. The Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT) has announced that it is opening up its start up loans to companies nationally.

Loan applicants no longer need to attend CWRT’s Coventry offices for an interview, as applicants are now being interviewed over Skype if they are outside of the core Coventry, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Northants, Oxfordshire and Leicestershire regions.

 Indeed, the Coventry based loan provider has helped Christopher Sekyere, from London, who received a CWRT Micro-Loan of £1,000 to help with his new sports company. Up & Coming Sports Ltd offers personalised strengthening and conditioning programs to young players in football. His work consists of assisting young players at all levels in their physical development.

 As a delivery partner for the government backed Start-Up Loans company, CWRT has successfully funded over 100 start-ups in 2015, and is looking to match or beat that number in 2016, with its two main products – the new CWRT Micro-Loan and its existing Start Up Loan.

 In the responsible finance provider’s efforts to expand nationally, it is already listed on Leicester and Northants county council websites to inform local businesses of the new avenue of funding.

CWRT’s new Micro-Loan product lends from £500 – £4,500 to start-ups seeking financial assistance for immediate needs, such as office equipment, marketing expenses or a website upgrade, while the Start Up Loan lends up to £25,000.

 Allison Evering, new start-up loans officer at CWRT, explains: “We have grown our team and now want to help more companies to realise their dreams. I am especially interested in supporting more black and ethnic minority and female run businesses. We offer a real alternative for companies that are unable to access mainstream finance. Our loans are part of our national start-ups initiative and we are looking to attract more companies wherever they are.”

 While there are many uses of CWRT loans, they have successfully been used in conjunction with grants, so providing the match funding often necessary to gain free grant funding.

 The CWRT Micro-Loan and Start Up loan are available to anyone over the age of 18, owning a UK business. The loan itself can be spread over a 1 to 5 year period with a competitive fixed interest rate of 6%.  There are no administration or early repayment fees, so for businesses proving to be even more successful than anticipated it can be paid off much more quickly.

 To find out more about CWRT Micro-Loans,

About CWRT

 CWRT is a not-for-profit specialist finance provider committed to supporting businesses and individuals based in Coventry and Warwickshire. It provides flexible and competitive finance designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses from the Coventry & Warwickshire area who are unable to obtain loans from mainstream sources of finance.

CWRT understands that obtaining business finance can sometimes be a challenge. The lack of a track record, unreasonable security arrangements, past financial problems or simply not meeting conventional credit scoring methods may raise barriers to obtaining funding.

Since 2004, after receiving funding from various organisations including the European Regional Development Fund, Coventry City Council, RGN Rural/ WCC Urban programme, Warwickshire County Council, CWLEP Growing Places and the Start Up Loans Company, CWRT has loaned nearly £5 million to start-up and existing businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire that have had difficulty in raising finance elsewhere.

More information about funding:

For more information, contact Mike Musson at  024 76 551 777

Need a Business Improvement Coach & an Accelerating ROI ? Well Coventry Businesses , this article is worth Reading !

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Odissy Limited is a Business Improvement Organisation where we focus on return on investment and learning transfer for our customers from every training activity. We are based in Coventry and we have two offices in New York. We have been delivering leadership, coaching, personal effectiveness and sales coaching and training since 2003.  Since then we have realised that our customers invest heavily in the training of their managers but the evaluation of that training is not as effective as it could be.  We have found that most people enjoy the training and acquire a qualification, but when we were tracking the effect of that training back in the workplace, there was limited hard evidence available.

So we decided to set upon a journey helping our customers to manage Return on Investment from their training.  Initially, we developed a paper based system that started to prove a 3:1 return for all our customers’ training activities and more recently we have automated that process.  Our software is called GOLD (Growing Organisations through Learning and Development) and it has allowed us to improve our impact in organisations on a software basis.  Reports are generated for executives and individuals to show not only what training takes place in their organisation but also how that training and learning is applied.

We provide a wide range of services such as:

  • L&D Climate review
  • GOLD (Our Learning transfer tool)
  • CMI Accredited Programmes
  • Other L&D services ( 1 to 1 coaching, team building, presentation skills, emotional intelligence, etc)
  • HR Services
Odissy delivered a leadership programme for our senior manager including a 360 coaching process and leadership and change management workshops. All managers had to use the learning transfer tool (GOLD) to show how they were generating business improvements. This unique approach has changed the culture and mindset to learning across the organisation and contributed to us being awarded 44th place in the Sunday times top 100 not for profit organisations to work for.”
Annette Fleming, Chief Executive, Aquarius

Kind regards,
Jack Meek
Business support
Odissy Ltd

Steeple House, Unit 12,
Percy Street, Coventry ,
Tel: 024 76220911
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Are you a business in the Coventry and Warwickshire area who needs advise and help on marketing? 


Are you a business in the Coventry and Warwickshire area who needs advise and help on marketing?  If the answer is yes then Please get in touch !


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Coventry Hunk Ranks 3rd in “Britain’s Best Groomed Man” Contest

Coventry based model of Indian Origin Sourab Khajuria wins 3rd spot in Britain’s Best Groomed Man. 


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Sourab Khajuria is an alumni of Coventry University completing his Post Graduation.
A hardworking entrepreneur reached the top 30 competing against thousands UK wide.

46 year old Les Langley wins the competition to encourage men to self-check for cancer
during their daily grooming routine. Neil Ovenell from Nottingham wins the 2nd spot.
Check this news article.

Sourab Khajuria in Nivea Commercial


Contact Sourab Khajuria via Facebook & Twitter .

The Diamond Awards Night

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 The Diamond Awards celebrates Coventry University Students that have excelled over the year.

The categories include the different faculties at the university and the different year groups and Entrepreneur of the Year.
The event is on Thursday 25th April from 7 pm to 10 pm and will feature the Coventry University East Asian Film Society who will be showing a short-film. There will be entertainment on the night by students performing different acts.

Tickets are only £7 and are available at the CUSU reception in the HUB
Tickets are also available online via this link –
To vote the nominees on –

For more information on the awards categories visit:
For more information on Culturae Mundi visit:

Categories include :

Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship Student of the Year
Business, Social and Environment Student of the Year
Art and Design Student of the Year
Engineering and Computing Student of the Year
Health, Life and Social Student of the Year
1st Year Student of the Year
2nd Year Student of the Year
Final Year Year Student of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year

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