Posts By: Finance For Enterprise

Donbac Social Return on Investment Study

Measuring the impact that our loans make is crucial to the success of Donbac. It makes a difference to our funders to know about the businesses we support, it helps attract further stakeholders and funders to allow us to continue to make loans. There is increasing recognition that we need better ways to account forRead more

Donbac WINS Local Enterprise Agency of the Year Award

At the 2013 National Enterprise Network awards held at the British Library, London, Donbac has been named the winner of ‘Local Enterprise Agency of the Year’ The awards recognise those members that have worked tirelessly and successfully to establish and maintain recognition and impact within their local communities over the last year. The award wasRead more

The Perfect Smile

Andy Fairbanks, with 11 years of experience working in dental laboratories and clinics, wanted to create a high quality service in a professional environment for clients to enjoy. In September 2011 he opened Fairbanks Dental Laboratories offering a wide range of services including crowns, veneers, bridges and implants.  His services also include ‘The Smile Clinic’,Read more

Donbac and Female Entrepreneurs beat the national average!

Over 50% of all loans Donbac has made under the Government backed Start-Up loan scheme have been to female entrepreneurs.   Government figures show 35% of new businesses are created by female entrepreneurs Nationally 40% of the money invested in new companies under the Government Start-Up loan scheme has been to budding female entrepreneurs SheffieldRead more

50% more business loans made to South Yorkshire companies compared to 2012!

From January to June 2013 Donbac has lent  50% more compared to 2012 and 100% more than 2011 Donbac’s Managing Director, Arthur Foreman said “All the businesses supported were unable to attract the funding they needed from the high street banks and by supporting them Donbac has unlocked the potential to sustain even more localRead more

25 Years Supporting Enterprise across South Yorkshire

2013 marked the silver anniversary as a director of Donbac for James Crowe James was presented with a pen set inscribed to mark the achievement. Donbac’s Chairman, Michael Shepherd who thanked him for his vision and commitment to the organization, particularly for the involvement in Donbac projects which have supported and developed “Enterprise in Education”Read more

APW Caravan Services

Early in March 2013 Paul Walton received a loan through the Start Up Loans for Young People, Sheffield City Region, which is part of a national initiative set up to help young people start their own businesses.  Paul, 25, received guidance and support through the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce prior to applying for funding.  TheRead more

Sitting on the sofa with Sugarcane

Sugarcane are a design agency based in Doncaster and Sheffield that have been providing local, regional and national businesses with design services for more than 8 years. A full service agency, providing Marketing strategy and planning, brand identity, logo design, marketing literature, web and app design, build and development, photography and video. Sugarcane approached DonbacRead more

Donbac is making more loans to businesses than ever before!

March 2013: At a time when Banks are reported to be making fewer loans, in spite of government’s “Funding for Lending” initiative, the South Yorkshire based organisation Donbac has provided over £1.5 million of loans to small businesses during 2012. The Bank of England reported that net lending by banks fell by £2.4bn in theRead more

Topping Pie Co arrives in Sheffield!

Having supported Topping Pie Co earlier in 2012, we are delighted to see them expand further with an additional site at Crystal Peaks, Sheffield. “Donbac have been invaluable to us. Without the finance received, we would not have been able to grow and expand further”, commented Roger Topping, Managing Director of Topping Pie Co.