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, they are delivering greater volume and choice of finance.

For more information visit British Business Bank







The British Business Bank Finance Hub

The British Business Bank Finance Hub is designed to help businesses understand the financial landscape and ultimately access the right finance for their growth potential. It’s an independent, impartial digital hub designed to raise awareness of the different types of finance available for growing UK businesses. Click here to visit the Finance Hub


Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people, helping over 1 million SME clients. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

Barclays have released a £370 Midlands Investment Fund. Find out more here.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.home.barclays


“At NatWest, we’re encouraging a more entrepreneurial culture. We know that starting and running a business can be both exciting and challenging, and that’s why people need the right combination of support, guidance and funding to succeed. Our locally based relationship managers work closely with businesses of all shapes and sizes in every sector of the economy.

We also know that people need help to explore the idea of enterprise, unlock their potential, and gain the right skills, knowledge and networks before they can achieve their ambitions. This is why we have 73 new Business Growth Enablers offering local support beyond banking, and partnerships with Entrepreneurial Spark, Everywoman, and Prince’s Trust.

We believe in enterprise and will do everything we can to support it”.

For more information, Please email Gareth.Howells1@NatWest.com or call 07786 524 877


Santander is committed to working with businesses to help them overcome challenges and plan for the future. From exporting to financing new equipment, we can help your company grow and prosper.

Our Breakthrough programme consists of five areas designed to help businesses realise their ambitions. We offer local networking through our Connections events and activities and can support you with recruitment of subsidised interns through our Talent offering. Our Knowledge pillar allows businesses the chance to see and hear from well-known companies, while our International experience is ideal for would-be exporters.

We are also experts in Finance, offering innovative loan schemes as well as traditional credit. Our Working Capital Loans* can help you to quickly get an approved limit between £2,000 and £100,000. For businesses with an annual turnover of between £2m and £50m, our Growth Capital* could provide a solution for faster growth or job creation.

For more information how we can support businesses like yours, please visit: www.santandercb.co.uk/breakthrough



HSBC SME Lending Fund 2016

£10 billion loan fund to support small and medium-sized businesses in the UK.

The package of support includes the launch of the Business Lending Eligibility Checker (BLEC) – an online tool offering potential new customers a credit decision in principle for loans of up to £30,000 in less than three minutes.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, whether they are a start-up or established business, focused either on the domestic market or looking to trade internationally, may apply at any time.

For further information go to HSBC sme Lending Fund






The British Business Bank have teamed up with ICAEW to develop a new Business Finance Guide.  This features a helpful overview of the range of financial options available for businesses in different circumstance including; equity finance, debt finance and other sources of business support.

This can be accessed here:  The business finance guide

ICAEW also operate a Business Advice Service which connects you to free advice via their network of Chartered Accountants.  Visit the website at www.businessadviceservice.com/



Better Business Finance:

Set up in 2011 by Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds and Santander in 2011; the BBF provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow. BBF works with a number of industry partners and membership institutions; including the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

For more information please visit: www.betterbusinessfinance.co.uk/










Business Growth Fund:

BGF is a partnership of the major UK banks, set up as an independent company with up to £2.5bn for long-term equity investments.

  • Working with management teams with a good track record, a proven business model and a desire to grow
  • Initially invest £2m–£10m of growth capital for a minority equity stake and a board seat
  • Back both privately owned and AIM-listed, profitable companies typically with a turnover of £5m–£100m
  • Invest from our own balance sheet so have the flexibility to meet your needs, and we can also provide further funding as the company continues to grow
  • Offer long-term funding of up to 10 years, developing a meaningful partnership based on shared goals and objectives from the outset
  • Invest in all business sectors with the exception of regulated financial services and property development
  • A strong local approach. With eight offices across the UK we strive to be close and relevant to the businesses we invest in

For more information Click Here