Start Up Loans

Start or grow your own business

  • Borrow up to £25,000
  • Fixed interest rate of 6% per annum (per year)
  • Repay over a term of 1–5 years
  • 12 months of free mentoring
  • Government-backed

Start Up Loans

Start or grow your own business

  • Borrow up to £25,000
  • Fixed interest rate of 6% per annum (per year)
  • Repay over a term of 1–5 years
  • 12 months of free mentoring
  • Government-backed
Learn with Start-Up Loans
Learn with Start Up Loans


Start Up Loans has partnered with the Open University to offer a range of free courses ideal for people who are going into business for the first time. The courses provide rich information, covering subjects such as:


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Career and Leadership
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Marketing and Commercial Awareness
  • Project Management
Over 75,000 business ideas supported with more than £600 million worth of loans
We offer low-interest personal loans and free mentoring to help you start or grow a new business.
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Borrow up to £25,000
(The average loan amount is £7,200)

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Fixed interest rate of 6% per annum (per year)

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Repay the loan over a term of 1–5 years

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No fees for arranging the loan or paying it back early

A great alternative for people looking for a business loan to fund a start-up.
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Support with writing business plans and cash flow forecasts

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12 months of free mentoring once you receive a loan​

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A range of useful templates and how-to guides

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Exclusive discounts on business products from O2, Experian, Intuit and 30+ more

To be eligible to apply for a Start Up Loan, you must meet the following criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a Start Up Loan, you must meet the following criteria:

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You’re 18 years of age or older
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You’re a current UK resident
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You’re starting a new business or have been trading for up to 24 months
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You’re unable to secure finance from other sources (self-declaration is ok)
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Your business is based in the UK
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You have the right to work in the UK
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Your type of business and reason for wanting the loan is eligible under the terms of the scheme

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You pass our credit checks and you can afford to repay the loan

Do you meet the criteria?

Apply today and get support with creating your business plan and cash flow forecast.

If you’re in a business partnership, buying an existing business or starting a franchise, you can apply for a Start Up Loan if you meet the criteria above. Scroll down this page to find out more about the process for these applicants.

The essential guide to starting a business

The Essential guide to starting a business

Inside, you’ll find tips and advice on:

  • conducting market research on customers and competitors
  • choosing a company structure
  • figuring out your responsibilities around paying insurance and tax
  • developing your business strategy and sales forecast
  • writing your business plan
  • analysing your strengths and weaknesses

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Our success stories

Thousands of UK businesses have been backed with the help of a Start Up Loan. Read below to find out about some of our success stories and how the support we offer, combined with small business funding, helped them turn their dreams into reality.

"I felt like if I was working that hard, I would rather be working that hard for myself – that’s what really pushed me."
Monks & Co
Monks & Co
Download arrow Download Document - With years of experience in the menswear fashion industry Amy decided that it was time to fulfil her ambition and ...
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"Mentoring was a brilliant element to the loan itself. Having a mentor through the start up process really helped."
Shortcuts Children’s Salon
Shortcuts Children’s Salon
Download arrow Download Document - Father of two David O’Neal opened his children's hair salon Shortcuts with the help of a Start Up Loan. David set out ...
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"Start Up Loans give you the cash and the business support to make it work, it’s a complete package that can’t be beaten."
Claudi & Fin
Claudi & Fin
Download arrow Download Document - Lucy & Meriel both received a Start Up Loan of £7,000 for their frozen yoghurt ice lolly business Claudi & ...
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