Survival and bushcraft training company Sunrise Bushcraft, which operates in Dorset and Hampshire, has expanded with a crowdfunding loan from Go2 Business Loans.

Having won contracts to deliver new courses to vulnerable young people, Sunrise needed funding to train a new apprentice and purchase new equipment.

Go2 raised a £15,000 crowdfunded business loan from its group of investors within just four weeks.

Go2 director Rob Bennet said: “Go2 is a peer-to-peer lending network – local money supporting local small businesses – and it’s very simple to apply for a loan.

“It’s purely a business loan; our website puts investors in contact with a business but they do not take shares or get involved in any other way.”

Sunrise Bushcraft’s loan also funded the purchase of storage sheds, equipment lockers, woodland management tools, new composting toilets, cooking area, washing facilities, first aid kits, and clothing.

Its director James White said: “Applying for the loan was one of the most painless experiences I have ever had with funding – I was shocked and impressed how easy it was.

“Go2 were excellent; compared to other funding options I’ve tried, this was like making a cup of tea.”

Sunrise Bushcraft offers tailored events that include activities such as shelter-building, fire-making, woodland foraging, team games, cooking, bow-making, primitive living, plant medicines, animal track and signs and knife-work.

James said: “In particular we work in response to demand from local councils and charitable organisations and we are renowned for being a leading force in nature deficit disorder studies.”

Sunrise also runs courses for the public in bushcraft and survival, works with Groupon, Wowcher, Amazon and Activity Superstore. It is a contracted trainer for Girl Guides and also delivers national qualifications to adults in forest school, teaching and assessing awards.

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Picture:  James White of Sunrise Bushcraft (left) with Rob Bennet of Go2 Business Loans.