The British Business Bank:

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.

The British Business Bank does not provide funding directly to smaller businesses, but works with over 80 private sector partners to support businesses in navigating the range of financial options available to them.

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Below are details of some of the specific funding schemes supported by the British Business Bank

Atom Bank 

Atom Bank offers secured lending to SME businesses, available through a number of specialist business intermediaries.

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Pentech Fund III 

Pentech Fund III, a new £88 million fund managed by Pentech and supported by the British Business Bank, which will invest in early stage software companies across the UK.

Pentech, which has offices in Edinburgh and London, invests at series A and pre-series A. The Pentech team have a strong track record of working closely with founders to support them building and developing their businesses. Pentech’s main area of interest is discovering where new disruptive technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data and Infrastructure such as Blockchain and Microservices, can create category leading software companies in large industries, such as FinTech, health and wellness, and enterprise transformation

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Accelerate Digital Fund (ADV) 

The Seraphim Space Fund is the first fund of its size anywhere in the world to focus on investing in early-stage technology companies emerging from the ‘new space’ revolution.


The Fund will invest in commercial applications in both downstream (software) and upstream (hardware) opportunities, as well as in technologies that have potential space applications such as artificial intelligence, robotics and nanomaterials. In particular, the Fund will focus on companies that use digital data from satellites that is already delivering commercial advantage and social innovations ranging from intelligent transport and smart cities through to sectors such as insurance, maritime, agriculture or oil and gas.


Seraphim Capital are targeting an £80m final close during the next two quarters and is backed by a £30m investment from the British Business Bank (made under its Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme) alongside smart capital from leading international space companies, family offices and individual investors.


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