Toolkits for businesses

There are different types of funding you can access.

Government StartUp Loans

The Start-Up Loan scheme is a government-backed personal loan of between £500 and £25,000. It's available to anyone looking to launch or expand a small business. 

Find out more about Government start-up loans.

Local High Street Banks


  • Lloyds Bank
  • TSB
  • Nationwide
  • Metro Bank
  • Barclays

Speak directly to the Business manager in the branch.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK supports business-led innovation in all sectors. They offer various startup business grants.


Crowdfunding allows a business to raise finance as well as generate publicity. You can use different platforms including Kickstarter and Crowdcube.

Peer-to-Peer business loans

Funding Circle can help early-stage businesses to grow.

Angel Investors

Angel investors are high net-worth people looking to invest in early-stage startups. Find out more about Angel Investor Networks.

Venture Capital

Venture Capital is when a private equity firm invests in new businesses. If you take out funding or loans, make sure to read interest rates and the terms and conditions carefully.