Helping the East of England

Helping Britain Prosper Plan

Across the UK the Helping Britain Prosper Plan is making a positive difference for people of all ages, businesses of all type and size, and the communities they share.

Behind each headline there are thousands of individual stories about how we’re helping. And we’re not doing it alone. We’re working together with our four charitable Foundations, community groups and other businesses.

"We embrace our economic, social and environmental responsibilities to Help Britain Prosper by operating as a responsible, sustainable and inclusive Group."

Sara Weller, Independent Director and Chairman of the Responsible Business Committee

Championing mental health and charity leadership

Mudlarks is a Hertford based charity supporting adults with complex learning disabilities and mental health issues.

The charity were supported with a grant of £70,000 over three years contributing to the salary costs for support and training for people with learning disabilities.

Mudlarks have also benefited from the Foundation’s Enhance support, taking part in forums which aim to support charity leaders to develop their skills and expertise with other local like-minded charity Chief Executives.

Lloyds Bank Foundation have set up a great way we can meet up with other charities based in the East of England that are supported by the Foundation. The fact that Lloyds do that shows a real commitment to the communities that they’re supporting.

Vic, Managing Director of Mudlarks

Family farm diversifies

Crowther Estates, a fifth-generation family farm has expanded its offering to include a vineyard and event space, as well as developing residential living on site, with support from Lloyds Bank.

A £1.4 million funding package was just part of the commitment to lend £1.7bn to businesses in the East of England in 2019.

Supplying award winning wines from its vineyard, Tuffon Hall, to Waitrose and The Dorchester Hotel, alongside increasing its sustainability credentials through ground source heating, solar panels and biomass energy, the farm also removed a redundant grain store and replaced it with two brand new houses, which it rents out. Overall the estates estimates an increase in turnover by 30 per cent.

From farming crops to producing award-winning wine, hosting celebrations, and now venturing into property development, we really have come a long way over the last decade. None of this would be possible without the assistance we have received from Lloyds Bank.

Angus Crowther, Owner

A greener future for a global UK manufacturer

Stokes Sauces, which makes condiments including ketchup, chutney and jam for major brands in over 50 countries worldwide, and for Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in the UK, is extending its production line and boosting its product range, with the support of Lloyds Bank.

Stokes will be able to meet increased demand alongside launching new recyclable bottles and reduced sugar variants, thanks to a six-figure funding package, part of the commitment to lend £1.7 billion to businesses in the East of England.

Stokes will also create 10 new jobs over the next 12 months, and hopes to increase its annual turnover by 25 per cent.

With the financing options provided by Lloyds Bank, we had the financial backing we needed to be able to invest in the specialist machines as quickly as possible, which has in turn given us a solid platform for growth over the next twelve months.

Rick Sheepshanks, Founder and managing director of Stokes Sauces

Working with credit unions to support our communities

Ipswich based credit union, Eastern Savings and Loans which offers savings accounts and affordable loans to around 3,000 businesses and individuals in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, was awarded a £30,000 grant through the Lloyds Banking Group Credit Union Development Fund, to invest in local communities. 

Established in 2014, the Lloyds Banking Group Credit Union Development Fund is run in partnership with the Credit Union Foundation. Over the past five years the Fund has awarded nine East of England credit unions with £481,171 to support members across the region.

Eastern Savings and Loans provides vital support for its members across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. As part of our commitment to Help Britain Prosper, the £30,000 funding we have provided will support access to responsible lending for those who need it.

Matt Hubbard, Lloyds Banking Group’s Ambassador for the East of England