JimJams Kevin & Kellie Bath
Our mission is to foster entrepreneurship and help grow the UK economy.

We are committed to supporting businesses from across all communities in the UK and monitor our reach to identify any areas where we can improve diversity amongst our borrowers. Read on to hear what our borrowers say about us

How we do it

We believe people come first. Our technology and process unlocks funding where others cannot

Our mission is to foster entrepreneurship and help grow the UK economy

We are a diverse and inclusive team and one of the few female-led Fintechs in the UK. We are committed to supporting businesses from across all communities in the UK and monitor our reach to identify any areas where we can improve diversity amongst our borrowers.

Plexus Innovation

PLEXUS INNOVATION

“We are grateful that we managed to secure CBILS funding from AskIf. It helped us transition to a point where we’ve been able to gear ourselves up for the future.” ~ Ian Murray (Co-founder, Plexus Innovation)

PLEXUS INNOVATION

Plexus Innovation is a technology innovator that has developed a remote measurement system: GUARDIAN ® - enabling ‘real time’ capture of compliance and condition data across a wide range of facilities.
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JimJams Kevin & Kellie Bath

JIMJAMS

“The CBILS loan from AskIf has been transformational to our business, online orders have exploded and support from retailers has been fantastic” ~ Kevin Bath (co-founder, JimJams)

JIMJAMS

JimJams is a range of low-sugar chocolate spreads and snacks, established in 2012 by husband and wife co-founders Kevin and Kellie Bath.
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Carri Nicholson, Can do Business solutions owner

CAN DO

“Businesses across the UK are pivoting to find success under the toughest of circumstances. Carri applied and successfully gained a CBILS loan to not only protect, but expand her business.”

CAN DO

Can Do Business Solutions - owned by Carri Nicholson - offers a range of consultancy services including business transformation and growth planning.
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LRA SERVICES

"A CBILS loan from AskIf took away the worry. I could focus on new business and how I was going to rebuild relationships with clients". ~ Antony Paskin (MD, LRA Services)

LRA SERVICES

LRA Services work closely with organisations to ensure buildings are safe and healthy places to work in. They provide independent legionella risk assessments, water treatment, fire protection and bespoke health and safety training.
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CEREBRUM SYSTEMS

“Working alongside AskIf has been a straightforward process, with a team of experts that guide you through each step. AskIf gave us the confidence needed to survive these unprecedented times.” ~ Jules Gregory (co-founder, Cerebrum Systems)

CEREBRUM SYSTEMS

Cerebrum Systems Ltd specialise in high-end home automation, TV/Network distribution and audio visual. Working with developers and homeowners from conception to implementation.
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SG GEMMEL

“The CBILS loan from AskIf came in very handy. I’d have had to let one of my engineers go otherwise” ~ Sean Gemmel (Director, SG Gemmel)

SG GEMMEL

SG Gemmell Ltd supply and repair leading brands of commercial catering and refrigeration equipment across the South of England. Sean Gemmell and his team work with hotels, restaurants and care homes to deliver a competitive and highly reputable service.
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PINESTAR CONSTRUCTION

“The CBILS loan from AskIf really helped with the cash flow. I’m very optimistic about our future at Pinestar.” ~ Ed Martin (Director, Pinestar Construction)

PINESTAR CONSTRUCTION

Pinestar Construction Limited is a carpentry contractor specialising in timber frame buildings, established in 2017 by company director, Ed Martin.
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TEDDYONE NURSERY

“The application process was very straightforward. The team at AskIf were highly proactive and supportive of my cause and didn’t do anything to put up obstacles.” ~ Niall Gilfillian (Director, TeddyOne Nursery)

TEDDYONE NURSERY

TeddyOne is a nursery and children’s furniture company based in Hertfordshire, built on over 30 year’s experience designing high-end furniture.
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CENTRAL FISH BAR

“A short and easy application process - Ryan Butterworth became the owner of his favourite fish & chip shop – with help from a CBILS loan from AskIf”

CENTRAL FISH BAR

Central Fish Bar is a traditional fish and chip shop in the town of Ossett, West Yorkshire. Serving the local community for 30 years, the Central is a staple for the town’s residents.
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CONSORT CARPENTRY

“What I liked about the AskIf approach was that it wasn’t just a load of figures or data punched into the computer. It seemed much more humane.” ~ Darren Saunders (MD, Consort Carpentry)

CONSORT CARPENTRY

Consort Carpentry - founded by Managing Director, Darren Saunders - provides bespoke carpentry and joinery services for luxury developments. Consort prides itself on exceptional standards of quality and the strength of its relationships with clients.
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Birmingham-based Moonstone Day Care Ltd

MOONSTONE DAY CARE

“The CBILS loan from AskIf provided reassurance for us, our families and team that we could continue to trade until the number of children in our nurseries returned to normal.” ~ Kerrie-Ann Wynter, (Director, Moonstone Day Care)

MOONSTONE DAY CARE

Birmingham-based Moonstone Day Care Ltd provide vital childcare services within their communities. These services came under threat due to the impact of COVID-19.
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Dario Dendi and Philippa Norman, Casa Cannoli

CASA CANNOLI

“The CBILS loan from AskIf saved my business. Securing the funding has given our business the boost it needed at this difficult time.” ~ Dario Dendi (owner, Casa Cannoli)

CASA CANNOLI

Casa Cannoli is a family-run business with a mission to serve authentic cannoli in London. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic was felt immediately by the company, as all revenue streams diminished and supplier relationships were put under strain.
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Richard Britton, Hull Boxes & Packaging Limited

HULL BOXES & PACKAGING

“ The team at Askif was delighted to facilitate a CBILS loan and play a part in supporting Hull Boxes & Packaging, the businesses they supply and customers they serve.”

HULL BOXES & PACKAGING

Hull Boxes & Packaging Limited is a family-run business specialising in bespoke corrugated cardboard and plastic packaging for a range of sectors.
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XL CHAUFFEUR SERVICES

“This story demonstrates the importance of providing a human and personal touch to all our customers. We want everyone to know their case is important to the team at AskIf”

XL CHAUFFEUR SERVICES

XL Chauffeur Services Ltd is a private chauffeur business in the south of England. The company, owned by Denys Barton, has provided chauffeuring services to corporate clients from all over the world for more than for 22 years.
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RED HAMPER

“The application process for CBILS loans was quick and easy. AskIf helped save my business, there’s no doubt about that.” ~ Matthew Taylor (owner, Red Hamper).

RED HAMPER

Red Hamper is an independent family-run business based in the heart of Wiltshire, supplying a wide range of luxury basketware to a global customer base.
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JIMJAMS
“The CBILS loan has been transformational to our business, online orders have exploded and we've launched two new flavours since this crisis began. Support from retailers has been fantastic” JimJams is a range of low-sugar chocolate spreads and snacks, established...
CASA CANNOLI
“CBILS saved my business. I hope people will be as keen as ever to enjoy a little treat to celebrate the good things and people in their lives once we emerge from Covid-19” Casa Cannoli is a family-run business with...
HULL BOXES & PACKAGING
“We’re happy to be helping the local farm shops which usually only deliver once at Christmas to deliver every week to their customers with locally sourced produce and groceries” Hull Boxes & Packaging Limited is a family-run business who specialise...
XL CHAUFFEUR SERVICES LTD
“I got to rock bottom. I thought I was going to have to go deeper and deeper into credit card debt. When the bank refused to help me I was forced to contact my MP” XL Chauffeur services ltd is...
RED HAMPER
“In July our turnover soared from £35,000 to £90,000. Without the CBILS loan, I would’ve lost thousands of pounds worth of orders because I didn’t have the facility to service those orders” Red Hamper is an independent family-run business supplying...
Moonstone Day Care
It would be devastating to the families we serve if we were forced to close
TeddyOne Ltd
All businesses will need external finance at one point or another. This can be incredibly overwhelming to the small business owner. The application process with AskIf was very straightforward. In…
Plexus Innovation
CBILS funding helped us rapidly redevelop our core technology to help care homes in the North East under siege from the effects of Covid-19” Plexus Innovation is a technology innovator…
Central Fish Bar
Becoming the owner of your favourite fish & chip shop – Ossett’s Central Fish Bar taken over by Ryan Butterworth thanks to Government CBILS Loan Scheme Central Fish Bar is a… Read more
Consort Carpentry Services
AskIf lends £100,000 to Consort Carpentry as part of Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) Consort Carpentry Services provide bespoke carpentry and joinery services for luxury developments in London, Berkshire…
Can Do
I lost 3 clients in 3 days. I didn’t think I would survive. With this funding I will be able to weather the storm and embrace new opportunities
Pinestar Construction Ltd
I was aware that lots of sites were still open, I was just unfortunate that all of my sites closed immediately. This made everything uncertain in our business
S G Gemell Ltd
Our work fell off a cliff, I had a lot of stock bought ready to do installations which were all pulled. The care homes we work with immediately said they had to delay the work. But I still had to pay my suppliers
LRA Services
CBILS funding took away the worry, I could focus on new business and how I was going to rebuild relationships with clients.
Cerebrum systems
This global crisis has caused many companies to realise better video conferencing is the way forward. Without a CBILS loan, we wouldn’t be in a position to help these companies when the world returns to normality