Your guide to our delivery partners

Launching a business and making it a success can often benefit from access to support tailored to your needs.

Our national and regional delivery partners are on hand to help your new venture take flight.

From access to Start Up Loans funding to support from mentors, our delivery partners provide a wealth of advice and support to help you plan, launch, and grow your business idea.

Our delivery partners consist of experienced business consultants and organisations – both big and small – that help you prepare your loan application and mentor you as your business grows.

Once you apply for a Start Up Loan opens in new window, a delivery partner will be allocated based on region or business type, or you can contact one directly.

Our delivery partners operate across a wide range of business sectors, so you will have practical support tailored to your business needs.

Looking to find the right delivery partner? We’ve created a who’s who of delivery partners to get you started.


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Our delivery partners


BizBritain opens in new window

BizBritain takes pride in consistent, accurate, and responsive support in helping individuals through their loan process.

Its business advisors offer support and mentoring for new and early-stage businesses, giving you the confidence to grow and succeed.


Business in Focus opens in new window

Business in Focus is a social enterprise in Wales that has been helping start-ups for nearly three decades.

It offers one-to-one business advice plus training and workshops for start-ups across Wales.

Its approach is tailored to suit different business stages and circumstances, providing a personal touch when turning aspirations into a reality.


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Operating across the Hull, Yorkshire and Humber region, Chamber Acorn Fund is committed to helping start-ups and established businesses with commercial funding.

It has worked with over 1,500 businesses, helping grow the Hull, Yorkshire and Humber region economy by £150 million.


DSL Business Finance opens in new window

DSL Business Finance has issued £33.44 million in loans, supporting new and early-stage businesses.

It has been financing Scottish businesses, including social enterprises, since 1993 and is experienced in a wide range of business areas and sectors.


Enterprise Northern Ireland opens in new window

Enterprise Northern Ireland has been supporting entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland since 2000.

It helps businesses in their early stages and provides programmes for every stage of business growth.

It considers itself the backbone of the local economy and aims to add value to local communities through its work.


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Fashion Angel is a fashion industry support service.

Helping businesses out in London, it provides mentoring and access to funding for fashion start-ups and established fashion business entrepreneurs.

Its mission is to give individuals in the fashion industry the tools to channel their creativity while starting and growing their enterprise.


Finance for Enterprise opens in new window

Finance for Enterprise supports businesses in East Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside that are either new or in the early stages of business growth.

Helping entrepreneurs unlock their potential for over 30 years, it is recognised as one of the leading alternative lenders in the North.


Financing Start Up Enterprise opens in new window

Financing Start Up Enterprise is a social enterprise aiming to benefit and improve society since 2008.

It has helped over 2,000 people start a business and supports entrepreneurs in almost every sector and industry.


First Enterprise − Enterprise Loans opens in new window

A not-for-profit organisation, First Enterprise has been applying its expertise to help businesses grow since 1989.

It supports new and early-stage businesses in East Midlands and South East Midlands that have been unable to borrow from traditional high-street lenders.


GC Business Finance opens in new window

Established in 2002, GC Business Finance has a strong track record in supporting start-ups and early-stage businesses in the North West by offering alternative finance options.

It has supported over 30,000 growing UK businesses over 20 years.


Hyndburn Enterprise Trust opens in new window

Hyndburn Enterprise Trust is an independent, not-for-profit business that prides itself on its commitment to helping businesses grow while offering a professional and reliable service.

Helping new businesses in the North West, it also offers access to finance and business training.


Lancashire Community Finance opens in new window

Lancashire Community Finance offers affordable, ethical loans to businesses trying to get off the ground in the North West.

With the community at the core of its mission, it provides personal loans, Start Up loans and home improvement loans.


Let’s Do Business Group opens in new window

Let’s Do Business Group focuses on supporting new businesses across the South East and East of England.

It offers support and finance for start-ups, as well as expert advice for established businesses.

It runs a variety of workshops to help businesses achieve their goals and gain new skills.


NWES opens in new window

One of the largest enterprise agencies in England, NWES supports growing businesses in the East Midlands, East of England, and London.

It focuses on encouraging enterprise, with tailored support to help businesses grow.

It helps source suitable financing for start-ups and provides 1-to-1 advice, plus workshops.

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Outset Finance is part of YTKO Group opens in new window, one of the UK’s leading economic development and business support organisations.

It has helped 22,000 people in the last eight years secure £10 million in start-up loans.

It offers free access to its interactive start-up support tool, financial calculators, and video tutorials.


Prince’s Trust opens in new window

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity supporting 18 to 30-year-olds in the UK and has helped over 90,000 young people start their own businesses.

It aims to guide young people into employment and entrepreneurship from funding and resources to mentoring and training.


SWIG Finance opens in new window

Operating across the South West of England, SWIG Finance supports start-ups and small and medium enterprises requiring funding.

It aims to help businesses with the potential to grow and benefit the economy.

SWIG Finance can help secure loans if you’ve been unsuccessful with traditional bank lending.


The Business Enterprise Fund opens in new window

The Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) is a not-for-profit social enterprise focusing on helping smaller businesses grow and thrive by providing loans.

It covers North East and North West of England, North and West Yorkshire, Humberside, and North Lincolnshire.

It has helped create and support over 5,000 businesses and offers a range of loans, including Start Up, Hospitality Recovery Funds, and Recovery Loan Schemes.


The Hub opens in new window

The Hub is dedicated to supporting new and early-stage businesses in England.

Businesses can borrow between £500 and £25,000 to start up or grow their ideas.

It offers 12 months of free mentoring, post-loan support, and help with your loan application.


Transmit Startups opens in new window

Transmit Startups supports start-ups across England, Scotland, and North Ireland, offering finance and mentoring.

Its goal is to help ensure long-term success and provide funding to entrepreneurs who want to start or scale their businesses.

It provides access to business mentors experienced in advising businesses or who have run a business themselves.


Virgin StartUp opens in new window

The Virgin Group offers Start Up Loans for new and early-stage businesses in England.

As well as a loan of up to £25,000, it provides expert guidance for starting and scaling your business, plus opportunities to meet with specialist mentors.

Virgin has spent the last 50 years creating and scaling businesses across the globe.


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X-Forces specialises in supporting armed forces and emergency service communities to start-up businesses across the UK.

It offers help with funding and mentoring to get business ideas off the ground.

X-Forces also provide a range of no-cost self-employment workshops for start-ups to help them understand the significant aspects of starting a business.


Learn with Start Up Loans and help your social enterprise get off the ground.

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