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Start Up Loans - £1bn of finance to unlock potential across the UK

Since 2012, our Start Up Loans programme has provided over £1bn of finance to aspiring business owners across the UK, enabling them to follow their passion, make their business dream a reality and become their own boss.

40% of our loans went to female applicants

20% of our loans went to people from Black, Asian and Other Ethnic Minority backgrounds

31% of our loans went to people who were unemployed or economically inactive on application

Explore the interactive map to find out more about how Start Up Loans has helped businesses in your local area.

We’ve enabled over 105,000 aspiring entrepreneurs to set up businesses across the Nations and regions of the UK.

Roll over or click a constituency area on the map to see the difference our Start Up Loans programme has made where you live.

Inspired to start your own business? Apply for a government-backed Start Up Loan today

* Figures shown in £

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Robin Valley

The business owners who received the £1bn milestone loan drawn down were Wanchong Chen and Liang Zhang, owners of Robin Valley Limited, a jewellery business based in Liverpool. Robin Valley’s wooden jewellery combines innovation, sustainability and unique design. The business serves as a wholesale supplier to prominent organisations and gift shops including the London and Marwell Zoos, Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden and the Fitzwilliam Museum. They took out a £15,000 loan to purchase machinery and pay staff wages, which allowed them to expand production.

Our success stories

Read some of the inspiring stories behind the £1bn figure to see where Start Up Loans has made a real difference to people across the UK.