Find funding

Looking for a grant or loan to start or grow your business? Explore your finance options and secure investment for your business.

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Whether you want to extend your premises, take on more staff or improve your facilities, there are many potential sources of funding.

In this section you can also find guidance on managing your finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins. 

Getting funding

As well as specific funding available for start-ups and rural businesses, loans and grants may also be available for tourism businesses looking to grow.

  • Business finance support finder

    The Government’s finance support finder tool, from local initiatives to national schemes.

  • Understanding your finance options

    Learn about the different kinds of finance available and how to get investor ready with this guidance from the British Business Bank.

  • Low cost loans for new businesses

    Find out about the low-cost, government-backed funding that’s already helped 55,000 start-ups.

  • Finance to grow your small business

    Expand your business, hire more staff or fund your next step by borrowing cash from Funding Circle.

  • More ways to raise cash for your business

    Get impartial information and support on raising money from Better Business Finance, set up by some of Britain’s biggest banks.

  • Responsible loans for your business

    Not all lenders are the same; learn about responsible lenders who make fair and affordable loans across the UK.

  • North of Tyne Growth Fund

    SMEs in the North East looking to expand could be eligible for a grant under the North of Tyne Growth Fund.

  • Innovate UK EDGE

    Innovate UK EDGE can help you access funding and provides free tailored advice for small businesses to innovate and grow internationally.

  • Business Growth Programme grants for Leeds businesses

    The Leeds City Region LEP has a growth programme which can provide grants of £10,000-£250,000 to SMEs.

  • Guidance for charities from NCVO

    Practical support for charities, from applying for a grant to local advice and support.

  • Grants online

    Information on the current grant schemes available, with a grant finder search function.

  • Find eligible grants for your business

    A grant finder tool from Companies House, currently in beta version.

  • Cultural Development Fund

    Expressions of interest for the Cultural Development Fund open on 6 June.

  • Electric charging point grants for accommodation businesses

    Accommodation businesses can apply for £350 grant to install an electric vehicle charging point.

  • Other grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

    Guidance on all Government grants for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

  • Internationalisation Fund

    SMEs in England, outside of London, can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 to help internationalise their business.

  • Recovery Loan Scheme

    Now extended until April 2023, the Recovery Loan Scheme aims to help businesses relieve cost pressures following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Low Carbon Across the South and East grant programme

    SMEs in the South and East of England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 as well as training workshops and fully funded events.

  • Rural Prosperity Fund

    Rural businesses can apply to the Rural Prosperity Fund to invest and grow.

  • Managing your accounts

    Learn what you can and can’t charge for in our Pink Book Online, get to grips with taking card payments and access expert advice on your tax obligations.

    Resolving financial disputes

    Which organisations can help you in the event of a dispute, including the free services available from the Financial Ombudsman Service and Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS).

    Find local support

    Your local Destination Organisation or LEP Growth Hub may be able to help you access funding.