How we're helping the South East

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

Sustainable manufacturing in UK fashion

Teemill Tech, a sustainable t-shirt manufacturer, has bought a 15,000 sq. ft. site to expand its operations with support from Lloyds Bank’s Clean Growth Finance Initiative.

Their renewable energy-powered factory on the Isle of Wight uses robotics and artificial intelligence to modernise the manufacturing process, creating efficiencies that make sustainability affordable. The expansion of the factory will increase capacity tenfold, enabling them to make an item every second, and creating 100 new jobs over the next three years, bringing its workforce up to 175.

Teemill is an ambitious firm, which operates with sustainability at its core.

Ben Mackett, Relationship Manager, Lloyds Bank

A first step onto the property ladder

Owning a home remains the number one life goal for 18-35 year olds, but half say saving for a deposit is the biggest barrier.

In January 2019 we launched the Lend a Hand proposition, designed specifically to help first time buyers. Lend a Hand removes the need for a full deposit, instead the mortgage can be secured by a family member or other supporter depositing money in a savings account as security.

I was able to help with a full mortgage recommendation that met my customer’s needs and budget. I helped them choose a solicitor through our Hassle Free proposition, offering not just a free valuation, but free legal support, and comprehensive home insurance cover, resulting in customers who could buy their first home and importantly, guarantee security for their daughter’s future.

Charles Lowe, Mortgage & Protection Advisor, Lloyds Bank

Helping to drive down domestic abuse in the south east

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales co-funded a pilot programme Drive, developed by Respect, SafeLives and Social Finance. Drive is a pioneering approach to ending domestic abuse through intensive intervention to challenge and change behaviour with perpetrators.

Across Essex, South Wales and West Sussex, the three year pilot saw a reduction in risk to victims in 82 per cent of cases as a result of this intervention as recorded by Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) who are trained to work with victims and survivors and assess the level of domestic abuse risk they face.

Students from low income backgrounds aim high

Since its inception in 2011, over 1,000 students have benefited from our Lloyds Scholars programme, which provides the financial support they need to study at university along with a package of support, including mentoring and internships.

I have been extremely honoured in being a Lloyds scholar. My summer internship in Responsible Business allowed me to gain invaluable skills that have already enriched my CV, and truly gave me a representation of how the bank works. Not only have I been able to make the most of my university experience by having financial support, I have benefited from having a mentor from Lloyds Bank, who has always offered me friendly, useful advice.

Amira Izhar, Lloyds Scholar