Diversity and InclusionThe UK benefits from the diversity of the businesses we support. We’re committed to doing everything we can to help those businesses prosper and grow.
Our partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
The Bank is working with the RNIB to help create an environment where blind and partially sighted people participate equally, breaking down barriers to the business world for people with sight loss.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Start Up Loans and starting your own business, we have a range of accessible guides to help you get started.
See business differently
The British Business Bank in partnership with the RNIB are working together to break down barriers in employment for blind and partially sighted people. This video features Amanda Madigan, Director for Digital and Direct Marketing at the British Business Bank.
Setting up a business
Interview on RNIB Connect Radio featuring Toby Davey; Content Producer – RNIB, Robin Spinks; Head of Inclusive Design – RNIB, and Richard Bearman; Managing Director – Start Up Loans
Setting up a business
Podcast on RNIB Connect Radio featuring Toby Davey; Content Producer, Robin Spinks; Head of Inclusive Design – RNIB, and Richard Bearman; Managing Director – Start Up Loans
British Sign Language (BSL) users, can now use SignLive to contact Start Up Loans.
SignLive is a free service that will connect you to a qualified online BSL interpreter.
The interpreter will replay the conversation between you and a Customer Service Advisor at Start Up Loans.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Start Up Loans and starting your own business, we have a range of information on our website and we’re always at the end of the phone for you.
Tips for starting a business with a disability
Starting a business, no matter your ability can be daunting. However, an extensive network of organisations, funding, and support is available for anyone with a disability to help bring their business idea to life.
Hiring for equality, diversity and inclusion as a start-up
Hiring new employees can be an exciting step in the growth of your start-up business. Recruiting for a diverse and inclusive workplace can bring many benefits, such as increasing business profitability.
Breaking down barriers – benefits of D&I for start-ups
Hiring staff can be a learning process for new business owners especially if you’re starting up without previous recruitment experience.
Female entrepreneurs – support and mentoring
Starting a business as a female entrepreneur? Read our expert guide to where to find support, mentoring and funding for female-owned start-ups.
Inspirational advice from Black female entrepreneurs
Looking for inspiration and advice as a Black-owned business? Five Black female start-ups reveal the secrets of their success.
How to attract investment as an ethnic minority business
Business owners who are Black, Asian or from another ethnic minority background can often struggle to find funding for their business. Read our guide on how to overcome barriers to finance and attract the investment your business needs.