Business grants and funding

Where to find information and advice on business grants and other funding.

There are several organisations that provide help and information about grants and other funding for your businesses.

Finance and support for your business

The GOV.UK - Finance and support for your business website provides information on government-backed support and finance for business, including

  • Grants
  • Finance and loans
  • Business support, such as mentoring, consultancy
  • Funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups

British Business Bank

British Business Bank works with private sector partners to enable small businesses to access more finance. The British Business Bank brings expertise and government money to the smaller business finance markets.

For more information visit the British Business Bank website.

Escalator fund - helping companies to grow

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and The FSE Group has announced a new £5.5 million escalator fund, aimed at early stage, high growth potential companies in the Enterprise M3 geographic area covered by parts of Surrey and Hampshire. The fund will help companies access the finance they need to grow and create at least 150 jobs in the region.

This announcement follows the news on 7 July that the government had awarded Enterprise M3 £118m of Local Growth Fund to stimulate economic growth. These funds will be matched by public and private sector money and will be aimed at supporting projects in enterprise and innovation, training, infrastructure improvements and housing.

The Enterprise M3 area consists of agile, high growth knowledge based businesses that have contributed to the growth of the local economy, which is currently three times the national average.

 Enterprise M3, working with The FSE Group, wants to support high growth companies which have the capacity to deliver significant growth and jobs by providing finance. This finance will be awarded to a range of businesses, from those making their first sales to the more established, who have found it difficult to get funding from more traditional sources.

For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 website.

Enterprise First

Offers free, confidential and impartial one-to-one advice for small businesses. For more information, visit the Enterprise First website.

Grant Finder

Has information on latest European grants, UK government grants and other sources of funding to help start and grow your business. For more information, visit the Grant Finder website.

Fredericks Foundation

A charity that provides help and small business loans to disadvantaged people who want to set up, or expand, their business.  For more information visit the Fredericks Foundation website.


Provides help and support for new businesses, including advice on funding and grant opportunities. For more information, visit the Startups website.

Has help and advice for small businesses, including how to get business grants. For more information, visit the website.

Access to finance schemes for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has produced a guide to the main forms of public support and advice available to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  For more details, see the pdf icon SME access to finance schemes [209kb] document.

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