Start-up funding

Funding is a major challenge for many start-up businesses and there is no magic, easy solution. You may know your business idea inside-out, but you'll have to work hard to convince people that your business is worth investing in.

Whilst it would be ideal to have investors fighting to fund your business, this is often not the reality. New platforms such as crowd funding and angel investment funds are making it easier for start-ups to get the money they need to launch. However, the most popular route to tackling the problem of accessing finance is to apply for a start-up loan. Start-up loans allow you to maintain control of your business by not losing any equity stakes. You'll also boost your future investment appeal as you're demonstrating your commitment to your business idea and will inspire confidence.

How we can help

Working with our Start Up Loan delivery partners we can help you access a low interest start-up loan of up to £25,000, helping to turn your dream into a reality.

You’ll be matched with a business adviser who will help you to identify and apply for the most suitable funding option for you. We'll guide you through every step of the application process to ensure that your loan is accepted.

After receiving your loan, we’ll continue to work with you for up to 12 months to keep you on track and assist with any challenges that you may face. We'll also help you to create an investment ready business plan and accurate financial forecasts as well as giving you access to a range of additional resources and start-up offers.

You can also use the Funder Finder from Alternative Business Finance to find start-up investment opportunities. Funder Finder is a free online tool which allows you to send one application to 130 lenders; simply sumbit your application, review the available finance options, and choose who to contact.


You can access our start-up loan support free of charge if your business is based in the South West of England and has been trading for less than 2 years.

How to get started

For more information about the loan application process or to discuss how we can work with you to help you achieve a start-up loan, contact our team today.

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    In the last six years the Business West enterprise team have helped hundreds of South West businesses to start-up and grow.

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