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Fredericks Foundation

we have 19 offices across England, please consult our website (or see below) for your nearest representative.
01276 472 722

About us

Fredericks Foundation was set up in 2001 by Paul Barry-Walsh, a successful entrepreneur in his own right who wanted to help others who aspire to run their own business but are unable to obtain the necessary support to do so. 

Most of Fredericks' clients choose self-employment as the best (and sometimes the only), route out of benefit-dependency. As a result of the economic downturn, as well as helping people off benefits, Fredericks Foundation has branched out to assist existing companies in need of finance who are unable to obtain it from their bank. 

The charity is funded in a number of different ways, including substantial donations from its founder on a regular basis. Over the years we have been in receipt of funds from the European Social Fund and the Phoenix Fund. More recently we have been securing funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation Network. 

We also have a number of affiliated businesses that annually donate 1% of their profits as well as giving up some of their time in support of the work of Fredericks. Our flagship fundraiser is our Trading Places Challenge. This is an event where people are challenged to survive on Job Seekers Allowance for one week to give them an insight into what it is like financially to be unemployed. Funds are raised by participants being sponsored by family, friends and colleagues. 

Fredericks believe that it will be many years, if ever, before the main Banks return to lending to this most risky of all sectors; and is laying plans to become a long-term sustainable presence in the UK, available to anyone who needs our help

We offer

We provide a comprehensive range of business support and microloan funding for start-ups and small businesses. In doing so we enable people who cannot access finance, through the usual channels, to realise their potential for the benefit of themselves and their families.

In Cornwall, your contact is Allison Livingstone:

Fredericks Cornwall
C/O Cornwall Community Foundation
Suite1, Sheers Barton
PL15 9NJ 

Tel: 01566 788148


In Devon & Somerset, your contact is Annie Popham:

Fredericks Devon/Somerset
PO Box 92
EX15 3WS

Tel: 01823 680042

We support

  • Avon
  • Business Support
  • Money
  • People
  • Skills
  • Investment
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset



Fredericks Foundation is a charity that helps people wishing to set up, or expand their own business as a means to achieve financial independence whilst rebuilding their confidence and self esteem but are unable to access the finance required from conventional sources.

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