Finance & Business Planning

Funding for business growth

There are many different types of finance available to a company with ambitions to grow. The government also provides tax reliefs to businesses which can be used for research, investment and assets.

Follow the links below to find guidance and advice about finance for growing companies.

Information and advice

British Business Bank - Finance Hub

British Business Bank

The British Business Bank's Finance Hub helps businesses understand and discover the finance options that could enable them to grow

Business rate reliefs

GOV.UK

An overview on which properties are eligible for discounts on their business rates, and how to apply for these reliefs

Find finance and support on GOV.UK

GOV.UK

Use this tool to find government-backed finance and support for your business including grants, loans and funding. You can customise results according to your location, business size and sector

Environmental taxes, reliefs and schemes

GOV.UK

Environmental taxes encourage your business to operate in a more environmentally friendly way. There are taxes and schemes for different types and size of business.

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Research & Development tax relief

GOV.UK

Research and Development (R&D) reliefs support companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology

Annual Investment Allowance

GOV.UK

Currently stands at £1,00,000. How to claim, what is covered and how to calculate it

Patent Box

GOV.UK

Enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned after 1 April 2013 from its patented inventions and certain other innovations

Structures and Buildings Allowance

GOV.UK

A capital allowances tax relief designed to allow construction or purchase costs of new commercial structures or buildings to be written off against the taxable profits of a business, including the renovation and conversion costs of existing buildings.

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones

There are currently 24 Enterprise Zones across the UK and they support new businesses through a range of incentives

Capital allowances

GOV.UK

A tax relief designed to allow the cost of certain of your company or organisation's assets to be written off against its taxable profits

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

GOV.UK

Businesses with innovative ideas can find it difficult and confusing to engage with the public sector. SBRI brings together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions.

Social Investment Tax Relief

GOV.UK

Find out if your social enterprise meets the conditions of the social investment tax relief (SITR) scheme and how to apply

Enterprise Investment Scheme

GOV.UK

Helps small companies raise finance by offering tax relief to investors who buy new shares in their companies. Check here to see if your business qualifies

Capital Gains Roll-over Relief

GOV.UK

You may be able to delay paying Capital Gains Tax if you either sell (‘dispose of’) some business assets or use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. This relief means you won’t pay any tax until you sell the new asset

Tax relief for creative industries

GOV.UK

Creative industry tax reliefs are a group of 8 Corporation Tax reliefs that allow qualifying companies to claim a larger deduction, or in some circumstances claim a payable tax credit when calculating their taxable profits

Entrepreneur's Relief

GOV.UK

When an entrepreneur sells or closes their business, they need only pay ten per cent Capital Gains Tax on any qualifying profits

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

GOV.UK

This aims to encourage investment in small and early stage companies by reducing the risk to investors of investing in these types of companies

Contracts Finder

GOV.UK

Search for information on projects worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies

Crown Commercial Service

GOV.UK

Here you will find advice on how to become a supplier for the Crown Commercial Service (CSS) which provides commercial and procurement services to the public sector