Bruce’s business aid idea begins with the Isle

Bruce Riley, the Landy Man, from Low Burnham. (Buy this photo E0960TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Bruce Riley, the Landy Man, from Low Burnham. (Buy this photo E0960TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

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An Isle man aims to create a business-sponsored network to give free advice and financial help to people in need within the community.

Bruce Riley of Low Burnham appeals to Epworth businesses to back his venture, by paying £5 a week from ‘excess profit’ to join.

His ‘Business Network for Life’ would offer genuine aid to those in distress, he said, with 98 per cent of funds used to that effect.

The former businessman, whose Landrover garage at Barnsley was burned to the ground in an accidental fire in 2008, said he has spent five years working on his concept.

Now a self-employed mechanic, Mr Riley, 54, said: “The Foundation will not be run as a charity. To make it work, I would like 100 local businesspeople to come forward and members will be linked via a website. I aim to keep costs as low as possible and I really can see this taking off.” He would then like the Foundation to spread to other communities.

“People needing help can contact me by telephone to talk through their issues, whatever they are, to see if I can help,” added Mr Riley.

“I don’t have any motive other than believing this could work.” Contact Mr Riley on 07733 884447.