A government-funded scheme to provide loans and mentors for entrepreneurs
A bank loan is not the only way that you can raise money to fund your startup business. For some businesses, particularly new riskier ventures, equity investment – raising capital through the sale of shares in a business – may be most suitable. For equity finance, there is a growing number of business angels prepared to back new businesses.
For less risky types of businesses, debt finance may be more appropriate. If you are struggling to obtain a loan to start a new business, you may wish to consider applying for a start-up loan.
Information and advice
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
How to find private sector support and finance for business. Managed by the British Bankers Association
The British Business Bank's Finance Hub helps businesses understand and discover the finance options that could enable them to grow
UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) provide capital for businesses, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity
Crowdfunding enables businesses to connect with thousands of individual lenders and investors
As well as advice and mentoring support, this offers a financial allowance for up to 26 weeks as you start your business
Funding is available for projects at various stages - from feasibility studies through to developing and testing a prototype - coming from any industry and anywhere in the UK
Responsible Finance represents and supports a national network on responsible lenders. Finding Finance is an educational tool provided by them