BGF helps ambitious companies to think big and succeed. An established, independent company, we have an extraordinary team and £2.5bn to make long-term equity investments in early-stage, established and listed companies. BGF was established to help Britain’s growing smaller and medium sized businesses. Backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered BGF.
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We are a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, we’re delivering greater volume and choice of finance.
The British Exporters Association (BExA) is an independent national trade association representing the interests of the export community. Membership is open to all companies and other organisations resident in the United Kingdom who export goods or services, or who provide assistance to such companies in the promotion and furtherance of export activities.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with Chambers across the UK. Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors.
BCC has been growing British business for more than 150 years, providing companies with practical support, useful connections and valuable access to new ideas and innovations. Even though the BCC is not for profit, they are powerfully placed to help those who are. To find out more about becoming a member, contact your local Chamber.
Nesta is a global innovation foundation. Using our knowledge, networks, funding and skills, we work hard to see new opportunities and challenges; spark creative answers from many sources; shape brilliant ideas into practical solutions; and then shift whole systems in a new direction.
‘a space’ arts supports artists and inspires audiences through exhibitions, studio spaces, professional development and by culturally reanimating lost spaces with arts and heritage.
If you are setting out on that journey with ambitions to run your own business, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is here to help. We can help you access a comprehensive range of assistance, including grant aid, loans, investment support, networking and pointers to other dedicated sources of help. We want to hear from you if are a start-up with a business plan predicated on high growth and you are in search of advice and support on capital investment.