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Fredericks Update

2 November 2015

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Paul Bouffler from Airborne Surfboards at Hampton Court Palace

Fredericks Cornwall has a new client manager on board - Rebecca Bettin started at the beginning of September. Rebecca previously worked for Fredericks as Cornwall client manager back in 2013 and is very pleased to once again be working for Fredericks and with the Community Foundation here in Cornwall. 

Fredericks gives loans to start-up and existing businesses trading over 3 years, focusing on those people turned down by traditional sources of finance.  The Fredericks Foundation held their first national awards ceremony on 6th October at Hampton Court Palace.  The event was opened by The Right Hon. Sir Vince Cable and attended by 180 guests including Fredericks clients who were finalists for four awards: Best Woman in Business, Most Creative Business, Best Start-Up and Best Business 2015. 

Cornwall’s clients were well represented with Paul Bouffler from Airborne Surfboards winning the Most Creative category and Dan and Rebecca Bailey from The Dolphin Bar and Restaurant, Newquay, coming second in the Best Start-Up award.  Both businesses had benefitted from a Fredericks loan in the last 3 years to help start their businesses.  Paul makes and repairs surfboards but also produces beautiful surfboard art. He attended with his partner Claire Williams and gave an emotional acceptance speech telling how he had hit rock bottom and found himself living in a tent.  With his loan he was able to re-brand his business and refit his workshop, buy new tools and really grow his bespoke surfboard making company.  He was amazed he had won the award. 

Dan and Rebecca, who weren’t able to attend due to the arrival of their first child, were delighted to have been nominated for their award.  As Fredericks first clients in Cornwall they have gone from strength to strength, turning a run-down premises in Newquay into a thriving bar and restaurant that in their own words is a “traditional yet vibrant restaurant serving an eclectic mix of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes that are bursting with flavour and freshness”.

Tom Varcoe attended on behalf of the CCF and said the evening was a great success and was extremely proud of how well the Cornish businesses did.

If anyone is interested to know more about the work Fredericks do or would like to volunteer as a mentor to help one of the many new business funded, please get in touch with Rebecca at Rebecca.bettin@fredericksfoundation.org or on 01566788148.