Business Finance and Funding Options

Learn more about the most relevant finance and funding opportunities available to you as a new start-up.

In making a business a success, having access to appropriate funding can make or break a proposal.

To help you to work around this and still realise your ambitions, a number of flexible business funding programmes have been set up in cooperation with Central Government. With most including complementary support and advice, we would recommend you consider how a business loan could help you to access additional cashflow. 

Start-Up Loans Company

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The Start-Up Loans Company is ideal for those starting out in business for the first time. They offer up to £25,000, available in the form of a low-interest loan; but alongside this, you will also receive dedicated support in the form of 12 months of mentoring.

The application process is designed to ensure the Start-Up Loan Company can tailor their service to make sure that you can succeed. 


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Liberis operates on an award winning business financing model. Repayments are not made in the form of flat monthly repayments, but rather as a percentage of your customer card transactions. This means you don’t have to worry at times about the seasonality of trade.

With funds available within a single day, this business financing model is growing ever-popular and could be the best way for you to fund large business decisions without needing to worry about high interest repayments. 

Shire Leasing

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Shire Leasing offer a series of financial solutions, specifically around significant equipment purchases (such as a coffee machine or vehicle). They have a variety of flexible funding options to help make these types of purchases as straightforward as possible.

In addition to the options outlined above, you can find out more about alternative business financing options through the British Business Bank. For local opportunities, our partners at Gloucestershire VCS Alliance produce a monthly funding opportunities bulletin

Still not sure where to begin with getting your business started? Get in touch with our team directly- they're on hand to point you in the right direction.


Telephone: 01452 396 838


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