Here’s a list of companies and organizations offering financial support to businesses in the UK. To ensure provided information is still relevant, this list will be updated regularly

UK Grants and Business Support

Government Grants: The UK government offers a variety of grants to businesses, including:
  • Start Up Loans: The Start Up Loans scheme provides government-backed loans of between £500 and £25,000 to help new businesses get started.
  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS): SEIS is a tax relief scheme that encourages investment in early-stage businesses. The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) offers great tax efficient benefits to investors in return for investment in small and early stage startup businesses in the UK. SEIS was designed to boost economic growth in the UK by promoting new enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS): EIS is a similar scheme to SEIS, but for slightly more established businesses.
Regional Grants: Many regions in the UK offer their own grants to businesses. These grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as job creation, innovation, and expansion.
  • Gov.UK: Click on link to access available regional grants straight from the government website.
  • Big House Elevator Grant: Nottingham Trent University Big House programme offers creative and digital SMEs based in the Nottingham or Derby area a grant worth up to £3,000 to be spent on freelance support, whether it’s web developers, software developers, product designers, marketing support or legal expertise.
  •  Birmingham commercial vehicle grant: This scheme aims to help small businesses based within the Birmingham Clean Air Zone (CAZ), wider Birmingham and West Midlands region to meet European standards. The total grant package for each business is up to £180,000 – that’s up to £15,000 per heavy goods vehicle and up to 35 per cent of the maximum cost of an upgrade up at a maximum of £4,000 for each light goods vehicle
  •  Ad:venture Growth Grant: Available to Start Ups in West Yorkshire, you will be offered 121 support, webinars and workshops as well as events, development opportunities and a match funding of up to £2500.
  • New Anglia Small Grants Scheme: The New Anglia LEP is awarding grants between £2,500 and £25,000 to entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. These would normally cover up to 25 per cent of your total project costs.
  •  Scarborough Business Development Grant Scheme: Grant award of up to £5,000 to help new start-ups and established SMEs looking to grow or relocate to the Borough of Scarborough.
  • West Sussex Retail improvement grant scheme: The Retail Improvement Grant Scheme offers small grants of up to £4,000 aimed at supporting businesses in making improvements to their premises and retail operations. Eligible projects could include, but are not limited to: lighting and decoration improvements; minor building works; shop-front enhancements; display equipment; and payment system improvements, but does not include salaries, overheads, rent or stock.
  • UK Seafood Fund: Set up to support the long term future of the UK fisheries and seafood sector, the fund is managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
  •  WM SME Grant Programme: The West Midlands Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Grant Programme (WMGP) is designed for:
    • Start-up SMEs based in the West Midlands Region (grants of £2,500 to £7,500 are available)
    • Existing SMEs based in the West Midlands Region (grants of £5,000 to £100,000 are available)
  •  Mansfield business start-up grant: The Start-Up Grant is available to individuals looking to start a business in the Mansfield district or to businesses that have been trading for less than six months. The grant can be used towards start-up costs including the purchase of machinery and equipment, business stationery and marketing costs such as advertising and web design.
  • Website Development Grant, Swansea:The purpose of this grant is to support businesses in adopting to new technologies through online/website development. The grant can fund costs relating to the creation of a business website for the first time or enhancement to an existing site. The maximum grant available is £1,500. The grant will require applicants to provide 50% of costs in match funding. 
European Union Grants: The European Union offers a number of grants to businesses in the UK. These grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as research and development, innovation, and internationalization.
Research and Development Grants

Innovate UK: Innovate UK is the UK’s national innovation agency that supports business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions. Innovate UK help businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive, and easy to navigate.

Government Backed Start Up Loans

Banks and Other Lenders: Banks and other lenders offer a variety of loans to businesses. These loans can be used for a variety of purposes, such as working capital, expansion, and equipment purchases.

Grants For Social Entrepreneurs

  • UnLtd: UnLtd offer up to £18,000 as grant to social entrepreneurs supporting the community combat loneliness, encourage community resilience and national long term economic, social and cultural health. They are committed to 50% of their Awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across their funding programmes.

Investors and Angel Investments

Angel Investors: Angel investors are wealthy individuals who invest in early-stage businesses. Angel investors can provide businesses with much-needed seed funding.

Venture Capitalists: Venture capitalists are firms that invest in businesses with high growth potential. Venture capitalists can provide businesses with significant amounts of funding.

Additional resources you may find helpful:

  • British Business Bank: The British Business Bank is a government-owned bank that provides a variety of financial products and services to businesses in the UK.
  • Business Finance Support Service: The Business Finance Support Service is a government-funded service that provides free and impartial advice to businesses on how to access finance.
  • Start Up Britain: Start Up Britain is a non-profit organization that supports and helps entrepreneurs in the UK.
  • Ashden Awards: The Ashden Awards are geared at businesses around the world who have outstanding climate solutions. If you win, you could get a cash prize of up to £25,000 as well as global media coverage and a chance to appear on the COP stage.
  • Beauty Backed Trust Grant Programme: On Thursday 7th October 2021, the Beauty Backed Trust launched a Grant Programme to support the beauty industry after the Covid-19 pandemic. There are two types of Grant; a “Start-up Grant” and a “Support Grant” available for people who need extra support and guidance whilst getting back on their feet.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there are a number of other companies and organizations that offer financial support to businesses in the UK.


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