Helping other small businesses help themselves

Nearly a year ago we used the subscription fees we received to lend to small business operators around the world as part of the Lend With Care programme.

Since then, the businesses we’ve been supporting have gone from strength to strength and our loans are being repaid on time.

As we’ve had a large chunk of our loans repaid we thought we’d reinvest these funds in some more small business operators, to help them grow and make a difference.

Asad Hameed is 43 years old and lives in Datanagar, Pakistan. He is married and has three sons and three daughters, all of whom are in full time education. Asad has been a tailor for the past 20 years and is the only wage earner in his household.  His business is growing succesfully but he now needs to bring on board an extra pair of hands in order to satisfy the demands of his growing customer base.  So we’ve completed his load with Lend With Care and he can now help his business reach its potential.

asad

At Ormsby Street, we support small businesses in taking control of their money so they can grow their business and make a difference in their communities.  Through our cash flow management and financial insight services we help them make informed decisions on who to trade with and give them tools to get hold of the money they are owed.

2017 should be an exciting year for Asad, and we hope it will turn out to be an exciting year for all our small business customers.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Ormsby Street!

 

 

 

 

2015 at a glance…

2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at what’s been a fabulous year at Ormsby Street – from launching CreditHQ direct to market in January, showcasing it at SXSW in Austin where we were part of the UKTI’s Expo, speaking at Finovate Fall in New York, pitching at TNW in Amsterdam, making the BBVA Open Talent finals in Barcelona, participating in the Alpha selection of Dublin’s final Web Summit – to being named as one of Startups 100, our MD, Martin being named as a small business leader of the year 2015, launching CreditHQ in Italy plus over a dozen industry award nominations!

Thanks to everyone who’s been part of our journey this year and to everyone who’s been reading our blog. Here are a few of our favourite blogs from the past year. Happy New Year and here’s to a successful 2016!

  1. Key Performance Metrics- Martin Campbell
  2. It’s Pie Week! – David Charles
  3. Doing it for Charity/Elvis – Stuart Dawson
  4. Bond is Back; make spying work for your business – Jane Hewitt
  5. May the Force be with your small business! – Carolyn Letts

Art

art

How are the new year’s resolutions going?
Any still in play?
Anything that you want to share?

Of all the ideas and aspirations that I have heard from friends and colleagues this year, there’s been something of a common theme.  When it gets to the things that we really want to achieve in our professional and personal lives, the things which get us up and out of the door in the morning and make us feel like it’s been a good day in the evening, they do seem to involve giving a little of ourselves to something.

I don’t mean that the only worthwhile resolutions are those about charitable giving and service, but rather that the resolutions which stick with us, which work and help us drive forward, are those where we’re doing something that has our name on it, where we’re taking a risk and getting out there.

This could be a charitable gift, of money or service, or could be a sporting event where your success or failure is open for all to see.  It could be music, sport, building a business that focusses on something you really believe in, or actual art.

I can’t remember the last time I did a piece of art just because I wanted to and because I thought it looked good.  My friend Liz recently retrained from a successful career in marketing to become an artist, a very good one as it turns out.  What a change, from producing images and media to do a job, to creating something to bring joy and convey an emotion to your audience.

Whatever your new year resolutions are, or were.  Good luck with them – especially those that really express your art.