Heart screening company secures loan to launch new service

Claire Nieuwoudt

YourHeartScan, a Derby-based heart health screening company has secured £25,000 in funding to purchase a specialised machine for the launching of a new service.

The funding comes from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme, which provides business loans ranging from £500 – £150,000.

The company provides diagnostic heart screening for individuals over 18, offering appointments six days a week.

Founder Claire Nieuwoudt has over 25 years of experience working in NHS Cardiology and saw a need for local people to be able to book self-booked screenings, now she aims to offer early screenings, preventing premature deaths and easing anxieties from family history.

The funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans is being used to acquire a second ultrasound system, enabling her to operate clinics simultaneously at both sites and introduce a new stroke screening service.

She said: “The loan was a game-changer, enabling us to acquire a second ultrasound machine for our stroke screening service and simultaneous cardiac clinics. The support was excellent – guidance through every step, prompt answers to questions, and positive feedback during regular calls. It’s reassuring to not only have the financial support but also hear positive opinions about our company.”

Simon Mitchell, investment manager at First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, said: “We take great pride in being able to support experienced and knowledgeable individuals grow their business and I’m confident that Claire will be able to take her business to new heights with this funding. Her business will be a valuable asset for the residents of Derbyshire ensuring they can visit advanced physiologists, with no waiting list, in an exclusive and private setting.”