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Explore the right funding and finance options for your business to help you start, scale or grow.

Finance for your business

Apply for a UK Government backed Start-up Loan

If you are starting a new business or have been trading for less than three years, this programme offers loans from £500 to £25,000 alongside free mentoring and support.

Growing your business with the right finance

If you need to explore the right type of finance options for your business, the British Business Bank’s Finance Hub and interactive finance finder helps you to identify finance for your needs and understand the options available to you.

See how businesses have used finance to grow

Learn how other businesses have used external finance to reach their growth ambition and their tips for other businesses.

Business Owner Jake Wright

“Having the support from Start Up Loans, as a government-backed programme, gave me the confidence to believe in myself and fully make the move to become my own boss.”

Export finance, insurance and guarantees

UK Export Finance (UKEF) provide UK Government-backed finance, insurance and guarantees to help businesses of all sizes export and sell internationally. Find the right information and options for you based on your circumstances.

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Funding for your business

Research & Development funding

UK businesses may be able to compete for government-backed funding to research and develop a process, product or service, test innovation ideas or collaborate with other organisations.

Search options for innovation funding or see support for innovators

See general guidance on funding opportunities including grants for R&D and innovation.

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Wider investment and finance support

Find Angel investor networks and investment advice

Contact the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) to find the right investment support, education and training.

Get advice on payment issues and disputes

The Small Business Commissioner may be able to help you resolve disputes around unfair payment practices and provides advice, including on how to take action if a payment is overdue.

Get help with tax related questions

You can get help if you don’t understand something about your business tax.

Help and advice

Contact the Business Support Helpline for general advice and support and speak to someone over the phone or online.

Or find out how your local growth hub can help you with advice and support at any stage of your business journey.