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Date updated: 14/10/2022

Samuel Wilson’s Loan Trust is a charitable organisation which offers business loans to young people (aged 18-39) for establishing and developing new businesses, and who are "in need by reason of ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage."

Who can apply?

To qualify for a loan individuals must

  • be between the age of 18 and 39 inclusive
  • have recently set up (no longer than36 months) or be about to set up a business
  • trade in Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex or West Sussex

Please note that the Trust does not loan to any business whose primary trade is the manufacture or sale of alcohol.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact us via SWLT enquiries.

Loan Terms

  • up to £50,000
  • 2% interest rate (subject to change)
  • repayment within 5 years (60 months)

The precise interest rate, amount and period of the loan will be considered on an individual basis, determined at the discretion of the Trustees.

Although the loan is for your business it is a personal loan.  A guarantor may be required.

How to apply

You will need to submit a robust business plan with a detailed and realistic financial forecast as a part of your application.

Contact us via SWLT enquiries to receive the application form and the SWLT financial forecast templates you will need to complete. We will send you a business plan template to use if you wish. You will be required to submit ID documents as listed on the application form.

What happens next?

When you have submitted your application, we will check that your documents are correct and a dedicated Business Adviser will work with you to finalise your application for review by the Trustees.

Please note that the process could take 2-3 months depending on the strength of your application

Who was Samuel Wilson?

Samuel Wilson was born in 1692 into a Quaker family and became an apprentice to his father who was a cooper (coopers primarily made barrels for wine). He joined the Worshipful Company of Coopers and gained the Freedom of the City. He eventually became a wine merchant and moved to Hatton Garden. When he died in 1769 he gave the City of London Corporation £20,000 in trust to set up the charity.