After the recession began in late 2008 to early 2009, Dave Fishwick, a Lancashire Business man and the largest supplier of Minibuses in the U.K found that many of the customers he had done business with for many years were, through no fault of their own, struggling to obtain loans from their High Street Banks.
Dave decided that if the Banks weren’t willing to help ordinary people, then he would!
Under the slogan “Bank on Dave!” Dave obtained the necessary documentation required to issue loans, and, he set himself the goal of opening Burnley Savings and Loans Ltd and to have the company in profit within 180 days. Not an easy task, but a challenge Dave wanted to tackle face-on!
In 2011, when Burnley Savings and Loans Ltd first opened, the office consisted of 3 members of staff, one room and a “chicken shed.”
Fast forward to July 2015, and the once tiny office has now over 10 members of staff, one main room, loads of offices, and even a board room!…And the “chicken shed!”
The company continues to provide assistance to people looking to achieve a higher rate of interest on their savings and to those who have struggled to obtain funds from their High Street Banks, and still makes decisions based on experience and good, old fashioned common sense!
Burnley Savings and Loans Ltd now lend millions of pounds to thousands of people, and have helped a large number of different charities and good causes. And so, over the last few years, Dave and the team have proved that the financial industry can also be socially responsible.
Dave burst onto our screens when Channel4 decided to film Dave through his trials and tribulations with the first episode aired in 2012, How To Open A Bank. A second follow up programme was broadcast in 2013.
Since then Dave Fishwick has become something of a celebrity. He's written a book and continues to chase reform of the banking industry. He also still sells minibuses.
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