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Regional support

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Support for businesses in Northern Ireland

Invest NI provides high quality services, finance programmes, support and expert advice to businesses. In addition, debt and equity support is provided through external FCA-approved fund managers.

Support for businesses in Scotland

Business Gateway provides a first point of contact for all publicly funded advice to business and is delivered through the local authorities. It offers a range of advice and support to new, established and growing businesses. Visit Scottish government’s business advice for further information.

Businesses can also find out about the funding opportunities available through the Scottish government’s website.

Businesses can also contact Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency, which provides funding and support to businesses in Scotland including commercial investment via the Scottish Investment Bank.

For businesses located in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland they should contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the economic and community development agency for the region, who provide support to businesses to help them shape and realise their growth ambitions.

Support for businesses in Wales

Business Wales provides support to people starting, running and growing a business.

The Development Bank of Wales helps businesses get the capital they need to start up, strengthen and grow. Businesses can get loans and investment from £1,000 up to £5million. Find out if you’re eligible at

Mae Banc Datblygu Cymru yn helpu busnesau i gael y cyfalaf sydd ei angen arnynt i ddechrau, cryfhau a thyfu. Gall busnesau gael benthyciadau a buddsoddiad o £1,000 hyd at £5m. Darganfyddwch os ydych yn gymwys ar

Download the Welsh language pdf of the Business Finance Guide.

Local support for businesses across England

The government supports many local initiatives across England which help smaller businesses grow and access finance. You can find out what is available in your area by contacting your nearest Local Enterprise Partnership through the LEP network website.

Business growth hubs (England)

Growth hubs are public/private sector partnerships under the governance of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Find out more.


Together on the journey

Access to the right kind of finance at every stage in your growth journey enables businesses like yours to invest, grow and create jobs. That’s why the British Business Bank and ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty, and partner organisations representing finance and business, have created the business finance guide.

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