Funding and grants
Here are some great resources and information about finding funding or grants for your business.
Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow; whether the business is seeking finance, just starting out or exporting abroad, BBF can help. BBF was set up by Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds and Santander in 2011, and managed by the British Bankers Association (BBA) in collaboration with its business and finance partners.
British Business Bank works with private sector partners to enable businesses to access finance from a number of providers, through a wide range of products.
The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership has committed £5.5 million of capital to create a new funding escalator comprising a loan scheme and an equity fund managed by The FSE Group. If you are an ambitious SME based within the Enterprise M3 geographic area with the potential to deliver high growth and employment opportunities, you may be eligible to apply.
Find SME Finance was designed to help SMEs to access commercial finance via an approved independent UK broker.
Fredericks Foundation is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition but cannot obtain mainstream finance. Start-ups can attain a maximum of £10,000. For established businesses with a financial track record of at least three years, the maximum loan is £20,000.
The FSE Group is dedicated to bridging the funding gap for innovative, ambitious and saleable SMEs. It can provide debt and equity funding between £50,000 and £250,000 to eligible early stage or established businesses.
Free to use, Grants Online information portal that provides local groups, organisations and enterprises with a user-friendly search facility to quickly and easily find relevant grant funding sources. Also access the latest information on funding opportunities from the European Union, UK Government, and regional bodies such as the Regional Development Agencies, the National Lottery and major grant-making trusts.
Start Up Loans is a government-funded scheme that funds and mentors entrepreneurs.