Loans For Women

Funds dedicated to supporting women

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We have secured some funds which allow us to have a fund dedicated to supporting women, either starting a business or securing its future.

Women are 14 times more likely to live in poverty, and less likely to secure full time paid employment because of disproportionate care responsibilities, culture, and discrimination.

And for that reason, the social impact of lending to women is greater. Self employment and entrepreneurship allows a woman to build a business around the other commitments in her life, but it also offers some unique challenges that we want to help with.

That’s why we have a dedicated loan fund for women, with a network of specific support, aiming to help increase their representation in business from the current, alarmingly low, 17%.

Maximum loan value: £10,000 for startups; £35,000 for trading businesses
Term: 6 months to 5 years
Interest Rate: 8-14%
Upfront Fee: Min £500, max 10% of loan value
Personal Guarantee: May be required in certain circumstances

Special features

This type of loan has the possibility of rolling over. When you have paid back 10% or more of the loan, in line with all the loan conditions, then the same amount that has been paid back can be re-borrowed with a simplified application process and an additional normally lower admin fee.

You can have your loan approved but paid out at different times, depending on your business needs, stopping you from paying more interest than you need to or overborrowing.


You’ll be supported by the Fredericks team throughout the term of your loan, and you’ll have access to our network for more help and support.

The Fredericks online community enables all stakeholders to simply and easily communicate with one another, via forums and bulletin boards; and share information about themselves, their products or services, their ideas and challenges, their solutions, successes and user stories.

There is a huge amount of knowledge available within our network of volunteers and mentors, that is now available to our clients and will greatly enhance their chance of success.

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