Business Funding and Finance

Every business needs a helping hand once in a while, so it’s worth being aware of potential grant funding available to you.
Click on the links below for external websites that can offer funding and finance opportunities.

Business Banking Insight (BBI)

A first of its kind website which looks at how well the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses are being served by banks. Commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, BBI is designed to help businesses make better informed banking decisions.  The programme is driven by ongoing support from the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce, alongside an advisory group that includes HM Treasury, British Bankers Association, Royal Bank of Scotland, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

For more information or to use the programme, go to:

Better Business Finance

Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow; whether the business is seeking finance, or starting out or exporting abroad.

Business Wales Finance

All businesses need money and Business Wales Finance know that working out where to go to find finance and then choosing the right type can be tricky. That’s why Business Wales set up the Business Finance Zone, an advice centre designed especially for businesses in Wales.

Development Bank of Wales

The Development Bank of Wales helps businesses get the capital they need to start up, strengthen and grow. There’s funding available for businesses at every growth stage. If you’re eligible and ready for investment, you have lots of options. Finance ranges from £1,000 up to £5 million with both loans and equity available. And you can repay the money over periods of
up to 10 years, giving you the time and space you need to reach your potential. Over the next five years, the Bank will invest over £400 million. It will also treble the availability of micro finance. When private sector investment and the funding available to homebuyers through Help To Buy – Wales is taken into account, the Bank is aiming to have a billion-pound impact on the Welsh economy.

The Welsh Business Rates Scheme

The Welsh Business Rates Scheme provides financial support for business rates liabilities incurred by small and medium-sized businesses located in the seven Enterprise Zones in Wales. The scheme which, was launched in 2013, will run until 2015/2016 and will target support at boosting job creation and business growth.

If your business qualifies for the Business Rates Scheme, you will receive up to a maximum of £55,000 (the cap on the Scheme per annum) or the business rates paid, whichever is the lower.

The Scheme is focused upon SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) located within Enterprise Zones that are new starts or are increasing the size of their workforce. Applications for this Round can be made from 22 June – 30 September 2015.

If you have an enquiry about the scheme, please call 03000 6 03000 or email You can also visit their website for further information.

European Commission Grants

The Commission makes direct financial contributions in the form of grants in support of projects or organisations which further the interests of the EU or contribute to the implementation of an EU programme or policy. Public Funding

Find government-backed support and finance for business including grants, finance and loans, business support eg mentoring and consultancy, plus funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start ups.

Free business growth coaching and assistance raising finance from the Welsh Government

The Accelerated Growth Programme, funded by the Welsh Government and the ERDF, has set up a £20M fund to provide support to SME Companies incorporated in,  planning to start up in or move to Wales.  Expecting to support 1000 companies over the life of the programme (2015 – 2021), companies with high growth, job creation and export potential are eligible for support.  Assistance with raising finance is just one of the skills offered.

The business wales web site  Business Wales provides more details, or if you are a member of the WC & NW Chamber, feel free to contact Dr Niall Macfadyen. Niall is one of 22 specialist growth coaches in the N Wales region and can help you with any questions.  If you are a suitable business or start up, your details will be passed on to the project office, who will allocate a coach with experience of your sector  and a  programme of support.

Accelerated Growth Programme Leaflet

GC Business Finance 

Established in 2002, GC BF is a credible and trusted lender regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. GC BF provide alternative finance options for businesses across the North West through a simple, fair and impartial service.

At GC BF they’re passionate about business and passionate about finance with lending options of £500 up to £2m, GC BF have the finance your business may need to start-up, grow or to begin exporting.

Get in touch with their experienced advisers today to find out more about potential funding opportunities available for your business.

T. 0161 245 4977

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) is an initiative launched by the government-owned British Business Bank.

It is a key part of the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision, which aims to end the historic North / South divide and create economic prosperity in the North of England on par with London and the South East.

NPIF aims to nurture regional entrepreneurship by providing investment and support for small and medium businesses between 2016 and 2021. NPIF’s funding will support new and growing SMEs, create jobs and encourage and attract additional private sector investment.

NPIF provides commercial finance through three types of product funds: Microfinance, Debt Finance and Equity Finance. These funds provide funding options are designed to plug common gaps in the provision of finance, giving your business access to the funding it needs to help it grow.

Find more information here.