A Somerset environmental entrepreneur has received a £20k Start Up Loan to scale-up their burgeoning rewilding business.

The funding, made available through SWIG Finance, will help Sam to invest in tools, including a work vehicle. It will also support the market launch and fit out of their new office space.

Sam Adams

Red Phoenix Rewilding, led by entrepreneur Sam Adams. Sam specialises in biodiversity projects that reconnect people and places through rewilding of natural landscapes.

As well as rewilding consultancy and experiences, the business offers garden landscaping and maintenance services, with a sensitive approach to ecology.

Consequently, Sam only uses battery-powered equipment and non-harmful chemicals to minimise disruption to natural habitats. Similarly, any tree removal is offset with reforestation elsewhere.

Of the funding, Sam said “I decided to start my own business because I wanted to live and work in full alignment with my values of environmental care and connecting people and the natural world. Without this funding, I would not have been able to offer a greater range of services and generate more revenue. It has enabled me to build the business of my dreams and bring me and my clients joy and satisfaction”.

In addition, SWIG’s Start Up Loans Manager, Charlie Martin commented “We were very excited by Sam’s business, and sustainability is so important in today’s world. Sam had a solid backup plan, and it was great to see that the business was already generating a decent turnover. With a strong pipeline of work, the need for a Start Up Loan was well-justified”.

We have Start Up Loan funding available in Somerset and beyond.

SWIG Finance is a non-profit company that supports viable South West businesses that can’t secure sufficient funding from their bank. By empowering underserved SMEs and Start Ups to overcome their financial barriers, we are working to create a more balanced financial ecosystem.

We’re growing every year. In 2021/22, we lent £10.8m to 502 businesses, helping to create and secure over 1,000 jobs and generate £32.3m. For more information visit https://www.swigfinance.co.uk/social-impact-report-2022/

If you’d like an informal chat about your funding requirements, get in touch with our friendly and professional team to see how we can help: info@swigfinance.co.uk / 01872 227 932.

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