Business support available to you

Refine search

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is a guarantee scheme to facilitate lending to viable businesses that have been turned down for a loan or other form of debt finance due to inadequate security or a proven track record. In instances such as this, EFG may be able to turn that decline into an acceptance, but that is a decision for the lender and will only be considered if the lender is satisfied that your business is viable and can afford the facility repayments.
The delivery of EFG, including all lending decisions, is fully delegated to the lender. They will decide whether EFG is appropriate and confirm whether your business is eligible, but businesses unsure about whether they meet the lender’s criteria for borrowing or have had a borrowing request declined are encouraged to ask their lender about EFG.

EFG supports a wide range of business finance products, including:

Term loans,
Revolving facilities, such as overdrafts,
Invoice finance facilities,
Asset finance facilities

List of lenders and application process

Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust was set up as an independent organisation 25 years ago to help consumers save energy.

Our mission has not changed, although our scope and reach has grown hugely. With the consumer at the heart, we’re continuing our work towards a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system.

Our insight of consumers runs deep. With expertise in energy saving behaviour, home renewable energy, transport and local energy programmes, we know how consumers work. We support businesses and organisations and encourage them to build from our insight and our unique reach with consumers.
T: 020 7222 0101
E: business@est.org.uk

Becoming an Employer

Having employees isn’t just about paying them. It’s also about understanding responsibilities such as statutory payments and sending regular reports and payments to HMRC.

Use the online guide on becoming an employer to find out about: taking on staff, running a payroll, sick pay and end-of-year tasks and what to do when an employee leaves.

HMRC also has a new series of five short videos to help and support new employers:
New employers the basics
When and how to pay PAYE
Payroll software and sending reports to HMRC
How to send your final PAYE submission
How to issue P60s

Eastleigh Tec Hub

Eastleigh Tec Hub is a flexible, creative and technical space for digital start-ups and creatives in Hampshire and the wider area to work, meet and network.

It is an economic, creative and innovation initiative funded by Recreate, Arts Council England, PUSH and supported by Eastleigh Borough Council and Wessex House.
If you’re in need of flexible work space and might be interested in becoming a member of Tec Hub, visit our Become a Member page for more details and the sign-up form.

Digital Business Academy

Free online courses to help you start, grow or join a digital business.
Our mission is to build a pipeline of high-growth tech businesses by nurturing talent, publishing insightful research, and championing the UK tech sector nationally and internationally.

The Digital Business Academy is at the core of our strategy to build the pipeline of homegrown digital talent. We developed it to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn the skills they need to turn their dreams into real products and real companies. It is working. Almost 20% of our graduates report that they are starting digital companies after finishing at least one skill.
We have partnered with leading educational institutions as well as industry experts to bring you the latest insights to help your business grow.

Design Council

Design Council’s purpose is to make life better by design. We are an independent charity and the government’s adviser on design. Our vision is a world where the role and value of design is recognised as a fundamental creator of value, enabling happier, healthier and safer lives for all. Through the power of design, we make better places, better products, better processes and better performance.

Crowd Cube

Crowdcube have helped over 700 ambitious entrepreneurs fund their business’ growth, more than any other equity crowdfunding platform. You can increase revenue, improve customer advocacy and brand loyalty by engaging your network by raising on Crowdcube. To complement our unparalleled expertise, we’ve built the world’s most powerful crowdfunding platform designed to turn your friends, family, fans and customers into investors.

Creative England

We are an Investor, an Influencer and a Creator; driving diverse creative collaboration and growth. Our mission is for England’s creative businesses and talent to be the most successful and innovative in the world: a platform for new voices, building economic growth that benefits our nation.  Creative England is dedicated to the growth of the creative industries.

We invest in talented people and their creative ideas, nurturing our richly diverse games, TV, film and digital media industries. From direct investment and soft loans to business mentoring; we champion the best ideas of talented people and their businesses.

As a not-for-profit organisation we mobilise public and private resources to garner as much support and investment for the creative industries as possible. We work with a wide range of partners and investors from commercial brands and companies such as Google, Facebook and KPMG to local authorities, cultural bodies and universities, national government, and the European Commission.

European Innovation Council

The EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.