Funding your start up business

Finance Schemes

Start-Up Loans

The Start Up Loans Company is a government funded initiative that provides start up support in the form of a repayable loan together with a business mentor for entrepreneurs across England and Northern Ireland.

The Blackpool Business Loans Fund - more details coming soon

The Blackpool Business Loans Fund is a loan fund set up by Blackpool Council to help businesses to assist finance investment projects creating jobs and growth in the local economy. It has been designed to complement capital grant schemes available in Lancashire, as well as other loan finance options.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)

NPIF is a collaboration between the government-owned British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North West, Yorkshire & the Humber and Tees Valley and provides commercially-focused finance to help SMEs start up and grow.

New Enterprise Allowance Scheme

The NEA scheme is a business support programme offered by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP). It aims to help those claiming certain unemployment benefits to pursue self-employment. As part of the scheme, you could also receive a weekly allowance for up to 26 weeks provided by DWP. On top of this, you may be eligible to apply for a low-cost loan through the Start Up Loans scheme.

The Arts Council England

Grants for the Arts is an open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. The Arts Council offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

North West Access to Finance

No matter what type of business you have, there’s no avoiding the fact that finance can be fundamental to success. Securing funding in today’s market can be a complex and difficult task, requiring time and specialist understanding of the various finance options.

Putting the right financial solutions in place can often mean the difference between success and failure for a company’s growth potential.

Access to Finance offers tangible support to unlock finances

Skills Investment Fund

The Skills Investment Fund invests in the skills of the Creative Industries for the future.

Working in partnership with industry and informed by leading research, Creative Skillset directs investment into new and innovative training in priority skills and in-demand roles to ensure industry growth.