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​​​Business Finance and Funding

The following organisations can help your business with finance and funding.
For further information, please click on the name of the organisation or project to visit their website.

Better Business Finance - Provides impartial information and support to business customers looking to raise finance

British Venture Capital Association - Committed to promoting the private equity industry for the benefit of entrepreneurs, investors, practitioners and the general economy.

Business Finance For You – Free search facility to help businesses in the UK to quickly and easily access finance suppliers.

Capital for Enterprise Ltd - CfEL is the UK Government’s centre of knowledge, expertise and information on the design, implementation and management of finance measures to support Small and Medium Size enterprises (SMEs) across the UK.

Crowdfunding & Peer-to-Peer Lending - New and emerging ways of funding new ideas or projects by networking and pooling funding from external investors. Enter “Crowdfunding” or “Peer-to-Peer Lending” into an online search engine for more information on businesses offering these services.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) - BIS is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) - The EFG provides additional lending to businesses that lack the security needed to secure a traditional loan. EFG financing is available through your bank. While the Government guarantees the lender for most of the loan, the Government has no impact on the loan decision process.

Fredericks Foundation – A charity organisation that helps disadvantaged people to set up or expand their own business by providing a comprehensive range of business support and micro-loan funding for business start-ups and small businesses

Funding Central - This is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities. In addition, a wealth of tools and resources are available to develop sustainable income strategies.

GAVCA- Provides a wide range of services and support to the voluntary and community sector in Gloucestershire including funding and training advice.

Gloucestershire County Council – The County Council compiles a regular bulletin listing some of the UK external funding opportunities from Lottery distributors, Central Government and Charitable Trusts, open to Gloucestershire organisations.

Gov.uk – Free national information service for businesses covering various business topics, including:

  1. Business Funding & Debt – Comprehensive guide to business funding and debt.
  2. Business Tax – Wealth of information on tax including Corporation Tax, Self Assessment, Capital Gains Tax and VAT.
  3. Business Finance and Support Finder - Find business finance, support, grants and loans, including:
    • government grants
    • publicly-backed finance and loans
    • business support eg mentoring, consultancy
    • funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups

GRANTfinder - A grant and policy database that contains information on over 7,000 funding opportunities from European and national, regional and local government sources, directed at the public, private, charitable, and voluntary and community sectors.

GRANTnet - A free to use service that provides information on over 5,000 funding streams that are available in the UK from European and national sources, directed at the public, private, charitable, and voluntary and community sectors.

Green Grants Machine - Information on the latest funding schemes to enable your business to improve its environmental performance.

J4B - Comprehensive free service providing information on over 4,500 financial programs covering European, national, regional and local government and lottery funding, directed at the private, and voluntary and community sectors.

Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) - MAS provides support and funding for manufacturing businesses to help them improve productivity and grow. A MAS advisor can help create business and product strategies, reduce waste and maximise profitability.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) - SEIS aims to help small, early-stage companies to raise equity finance by offering significant tax relief to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies. It complements the existing Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Find more about SEIS on the HMRC website or sign up for a free educational session in your area about SEIS and other business finance topics here.

Shell LiveWIRE – The UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business. Gain access to online support, funding and free help and advice

Small Business Rate Relief - Until 31 March 2014 you’ll get 100% relief (doubled from the usual rate of 50%) for properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less. This means you won’t pay business rates on properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less. The rate of relief will gradually decrease from 100% to 0% for properties with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000.

South West Angel and Investor Network (SWAIN) - SWAIN connects private investors, or 'Business Angels', with companies looking for investment. SWAIN specialises in helping small and medium sized companies to find equity finance, and assists private investors in the South West to search for investment opportunities in businesses with growth potential.

South West Investment Group Ltd - A not-for-profit organisation investing in businesses throughout the South West of England through grants and soft loans.

Start up Loans: 18-30 – The Government has launched a new scheme offering loans to young entrepreneurs to help them start-up successful businesses.

The Prince’s Trust – Provides support including business training, key skills, confidence and motivation mentoring and financial assistance for people aged 14-30 years who wish to start up their own business

The Technology Strategy Board - The UK’s national innovation agency which aims to promote, support and invest in technology research and development.

University of Gloucestershire - Innovation V​oucher Scheme - The University has been awarded funding to support local employers seeking to achieve significant change and growth in their business. The Innovation Voucher Scheme aims to encourage start-up, micro, small or medium-sized businesses located in the county to take advantage of the opportunity to gain new knowledge to help them innovate, develop and grow.

UK Business Angels Association - The national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK.

Gloucester City Council does not endorse or approve the views, content or products on these websites. This leaflet contains only a small range of businesses / initiatives and whilst every care has been taken compiling this leaflet and details herein are believed to be correct at the time of publication, Gloucester City Council is not liable for any errors or omissions. If you are not listed, and would like us to consider adding you, please email eds@gloucester.gov.uk.

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