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To secure a Start Up Loan you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • Your business is or will be based in the UK
  • You’re a current UK resident and have the right to work in the UK
  • You’re starting a new business or have been trading for up to 24 months
  • You’re able to pass our credit checks
  • You can afford to repay the loan
  • Your business type and loan purpose is eligible under the terms of the scheme

Read more about the eligibility criteria for a Start Up Loan


Applying for a start up loan is as easy as…


Register your details


Complete an application form


Finalise your business documents


What is a mentor? 
A mentor is an experienced individual who is able to offer guidance to another individual. Our mentors are experienced business professionals who provide 1:1 support to new Start Up Loan recipients throughout the early stages of their business journey.

What is a mentor’s role?
A mentor is a sounding board to help you develop your own confidence, knowledge and skills. They are not there to tell you what to do, or even how to do it, but to help you make the right decision for yourself.

Find out more about mentoring