Impact and achievements

We've successfully supported thousands of individuals across the UK and distributed millions of pounds to help build British businesses.

The Start Up Loans scheme has had a transformative impact on the lives of thousands of individuals, our local communities and the nation as a whole. For every £1 invested in the scheme, £3.30 of value is delivered back into the UK economy.

Check out the infographic below for our latest lending statistics, including our work with individuals who might have struggled to start up without our support.
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85,809

Businesses backed so far

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£759.3m

Money lent so far

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£8,849

Average loan size

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31

Businesses backed per day

          MEN60%
          WOMEN40%
MEN
60%
WOMEN
40%
  • 15%  18 > 24
  • 26%  25 > 30
  • 47%  31 > 49
  • 12%  50+
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36% Neets

as % of 18 > 24
age group only

  • 70%  White British
  • 21%  Ethnic Minorities
  • 9% White Other
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30%

Unemployed before
applying

  • England 87% of lending volume
  • Scotland 6% of lending volume
  • Wales 5% of lending volume
  • Northern Ireland 2% of lending volume
  • England 87% of lending volume
  • Scotland 6% of lending volume
  • Wales 5% of lending volume
  • Northern Ireland 2% of lending volume
Map of the United Kingdom with coloured regions.

Will you be next? Find out more about how to apply for a Start Up Loan

Our success stories

We’ve already backed thousands of businesses around the country with a Start Up Loan. Read on to find out about some of our success stories and how our support 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(opens in a new tab) - 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(opens in a new tab) - 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(opens in a new tab) - Lucy & Meriel both received a Start Up Loan of £7,000 for their frozen yoghurt ice lolly business Claudi & ...
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