National Funding

There are numerous nationwide funding schemes and initiatives for business to access, supporting Venture Capital, Creativity & Innovation, Start-ups, Self-Employment, Green Economy and Social Entrepreneurs.

Business Growth cogs and arrows

Better Business Finance

The British Bankers Association's Business Finance for You tool provides a search function to businesses looking to raise finance from private sector sources.

The Better Business Finance website contains useful information on:

British Business Bank This state-backed economic development bank supports economic growth by bringing together existing government finance initiatives under one organisation simplifying access to finance for SMEs. These solutions generate over £660m of new lending and investment for smaller UK businesses on an annualised basis.

SME Finance Guide - A helpful SME Finance Guide published by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) in conjunction with theDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills, describes in detail thefeatures of the different funding types and when they are appropriate