Finance & Business Planning

Equity and debt finance

Equity finance can be very beneficial in helping your business expand and grow. Investors will be prepared to back your business because it has potential for high growth.Debt finance is available in an increasing range and diversity of forms, so it is important to understand which form is appropriate for your type of business, its stage of development and its growth plans.

Information and advice

The British Business Bank

The British Business Bank

Supports and provides information on a range of equity finance programmes including angel investors, crowdfunding and venture capital. You can also find debt finance programmes including business loans. asset-based lending and invoice finance.

UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)

Search this directory of information about the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA). Each year private investors account for between £800m and £1 billion of early stage investment in the UK, making them the single largest source of early stage capital.

Business Growth Fund

Provides long-term equity investment to privately-owned companies typically with turnover between £5m - £100 million

British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)


The industry body for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK

UK Crowdfunding Association

Find out more about how crowdfunding enables businesses to connect with thousands of individual lenders and investors.

Alternative Investment Market (AIM)

London Stock Exchange

The London Stock Exchange's AIM is the most successful growth market in the world, providing equity finance for fast-growing companies from around the world

UK Finance

UK Finance is the collective voice for the banking and finance industry and represents more than 250 firms across the industry.

Finance & Leasing Association

Asset finance - loans used to obtain equipment - is one of the most common sources of business finance

UK Export Finance


Helps UK exporters by providing guarantees, loans and insurance policies that complement those on offer in the private sector. Also provides guidance on sources of export finance

Innovate UK SMART grants


For small and early stage companies with high growth potential who want to innovate