Finance and funding

General

Finance and funding

You may be eligible for backed finance or support for your business and can choose which scheme would be right for you.

When applying for finance, lenders will check the credit scores of the business and its directors. Your credit score can be affected by a range of factors so it is worth asking a credit reference agency for your score. 

Find a credit reference on the Business Information Providers Association website.

Government-backed support and finance

Find government-backed support and finance for business.

Better Business Finance

Information about how to secure finance and the options available to you.

Find a chartered accountant

Find a chartered accountant helps businesses and individuals to find and engage their perfect financial expert.

j4bGrants

Funding information portal for UK small businesses.

Start Up Loans

As you may be aware Start Up Loans is a government scheme providing funding and support for individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK

ABI Associates

A Brent based business consultancy delivering initiatives in enterprise and community development.

Ashford Place

Support and facilitate positive change for individuals through the provision of a range of programmes.

London Business Partnership

Business consultancy based in West London offering business advice and support to new and existing SMEs.

Growth vouchers programme

This government programme helps small businesses get expert advice on financial matters and support on business growth.

Virgin Start Up

Not for profit organisation helping businesses to apply for a start up loan.

Start up Loans

A Government funded scheme providing loans and mentoring for entrepreneurs.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses

Creating jobs and economic opportunities.

Open4Community

Government and other funding schemes available to community and voluntary organisations in Brent.

Fredericks Foundation

A charity helping people wishing to set up, or expand their own business but are unable to access the finance required from conventional sources.

Banks

Support from banks

A number of banks have dedicated small business teams, offering general and financial advice for those just starting out or have a business idea.

Barclays

Providing business and financial advice for new businesses. A live web chat service is available where you can speak with agents who can offer information and guidance on their products and services.

NatWest

Find out more about borrowing to get you started.

Lloyds

Find out more about their SME Charter.

Bank of Scotland

Accounts designed exclusively for start ups.

HSBC

Guide for small businesses on applying for borrowing.

Film

Film Industry

BFI Future Film

Lottery funds to support film development, production and distribution in the UK.

The British Library and IP Centre

Free business resources available to anyone who wants to use their comprehensive collection of databases and publications.