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Finance and funding

Getting the right type of finance for your business is essential. There are many different types available including loans, grants and investment - each of them designed to meet different needs.

Loans for businesses

Start-up Loan Scheme

The Start-up Loan Scheme is a Government funded initiative that provides a business loan together with a mentor for people starting up a new business. 

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Funding Circle

Funding Circle is an online peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses get fast business loans and investors earn returns on their investments. Funding Circle has helped over 130,000 businesses to borrow £14.5 billion so far.  

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Grants to help businesses

Innovation funding

Innovate UK is the Government's innovation agency and it distributes grants to help businesses cover the cost of R&D activity. The grants tend to be competitions focussed on specific technologies which are announced at very regular intervals. Innovate UK also runs "open" competitions which are not sector specific. It is worth checking Innovate UK's website regularly for recent funding announcements.

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Other grants

We subscribe to Grants Online Local, a free, user-friendly service to help organisations identify funding sources available for specific projects. You will need to register the first time you use the site.

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Oxford Innovation Finance

Oxford Innovation Finance is the home of OION, one of the oldest and largest angel investment networks in the UK, and the Oxford Innovation EIS Growth Fund.

As a part of the SQW Group, Oxford Innovation Finance is well connected to the early-stage/start-up ecosystem and, through its sister companies, is able to offer connections to a wide range of support, beyond that of just access to finance.

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The FSE Group

Finance South East help growth businesses achieve their potential through direct investment from its £33.6m funds under management, together with a range of professional support and advice. It provides an integrated, independent and specialist offering which prepares companies for investment and high growth.

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Dealing with business debt

Problems paying tax bills

HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Business Payment Support Service is there to help businesses that are aware they may not be able to make a payment due in full before the payment deadline.

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Organisations offering free advice on debt problems

For free, confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems, please visit the:

For free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities and is experienced in helping with personal debt problems, please visit the:

Further information on business finance

Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow.  It was set up by Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds and Santander in 2011 and is managed by UK Finance in collaboration with its business and finance partners.

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If you are not sure where to start, then email our Business Development Team or call 01993 861485 and we will point you in the right direction.