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Your guide to our business support partners

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

Our national and regional Business Support Partners are on hand to help your new venture take flight.

By providing access to Start Up Loans funding, our Business Support Partners offer a wealth of support to help you plan, launch, and grow your business idea.

Our Business Support Partners consist of experienced business consultants and organisations – both big and small – that help you prepare your loan application.

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

Our Business Support 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 Business Support Partner? We’ve created a who’s who of Business Support Partners to get you started.


Want to learn more about business costs and accounting?

Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping with our free Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting course.

As part of our Learn with Start Up Loans opens in new window partnership with The Open University, our online course is free to join, delivered by experts and includes a free statement of participation on completion.


Our Business Support Partners


BizBritain opens in new window

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


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.


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.


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.


Outset Finance opens in new window

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 through funding, resources, 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.


Transmit Startups opens in new window

Transmit Startups offers financial support to start-ups across England, Scotland, and North Ireland.

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


Virgin StartUp opens in new window

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

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


X-Forces opens in new window

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

It offers help with funding 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.

Thinking of starting a business? Check out our free online courses in partnership with The Open University on sustainability in the workplace.

Our free Learn with Start Up Loans courses opens in new window include:

Plus free courses on climate and sustainability, teamwork, entrepreneurship, mental health and wellbeing.


Reference to any organisation, business and event on this page does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation from the British Business Bank or the UK Government. Whilst we make reasonable efforts to keep the information on this page up to date, we do not guarantee or warrant (implied or otherwise) that it is current, accurate or complete. The information is intended for general information purposes only and does not take into account your personal situation, nor does it constitute legal, financial, tax or other professional advice. You should always consider whether the information is applicable to your particular circumstances and, where appropriate, seek professional or specialist advice or support.

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