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Bank Of Dave tells the story of entrepreneur Dave Fishwick and an inspiring business

January 25, 2023

Over the years, Netflix has given moviegoers endless opportunities to experience a wide range of popular new movies. While the streamer is still best known for TV, there’s no denying he’s becoming more and more prominent in the cinematic landscape and a bunch of his original films have even been nominated for Oscars.

The platform has already delivered some notable titles in 2023 and the latest to win over viewers is Bank Of Dave.

Directed by Chris Foggin, the British comedy drama premiered on Monday, January 16 and tells the story of a working-class man turned self-made millionaire named Dave Fishwick who set out to set up his own bank in order to help his local community.

It’s actually based on a true story, so let’s get to know the man himself…

Rory Kinnear as Dave on stage at the Def Leppard concert at Bank Of DaveBank of Dave cr. netflix

Who is David Fishwick?

Dave is a 51-year-old British entrepreneur best known for starting Burnley Savings and Loans, aka the Bank Of Dave from the title of the 2023 film.

The Burnley resident finally decided to set up his own bank after the financial crisis hit the community in 2007.

He spoke to the Mirror in 2012 and explained how his bank was helping those who really needed it.

Burnley Savings and Loan generated a weekly sum of £25,000 from those saving with the organisation. So, making sure he was making a difference, he lent money to companies struggling to raise the funds they needed to survive. With great interest rates, he worked to ensure his business was secure while helping others achieve that same security.

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Where is Dave Fishwick now?

Dave is a millionaire after making a lot of money managing the nation’s largest minibus supplier.

Indeed, he also still works at Burnley Loans and Savings, which continues to thrive as a business. It was even the subject of a Channel 4 series called Bank Of Dave in 2012, long before the film of the same name.

Woman and Home reports that Dave continues to lobby Parliament to try to encourage changes in the banking sector, while raising awareness of how businesses can be more financially successful.

More recently, he helped the team working on the 2023 biopic about him and his story.

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“I hope we made it”

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Dave recently explained what inspired him to start the bank:

“At the end of 2008, beginning of 2009, my minibus customers came to see me for financing. They had been doing it for years. I used to get them a bank loan. Then suddenly it stopped overnight. The banks just stopped lending. I started lending money, then I thought I could help other businesses and lend to other people here. I thought ‘it can’t be that hard’.

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The film’s director was also interviewed: “We wanted to make a wonderful feel-good film and I hope we achieved that.”

Bank Of Dave is now streaming on Netflix.

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