Access to funding and finance

Making sense of the business finance support available

Finding the finance you need to help grow your business can be a major hurdle for entrepreneurs and smaller companies.

Do you know who is likely to offer venture capital investment or loans in your area, in the UK, or even in Europe? And how should you sell your business plan to would-be investors?

Our experts within Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) can help you to take stock of your financial situation and secure the right funding for your company’s growth, looking at sources such as:

  • venture capital and loans
  • public financial aid
  • tax credits


Find out about private and public financing opportunities

Venture capital and loans are useful for the seed, start-up and growth phases of a business. We work alongside you to make sure your business plan is ready to satisfy the demands of the most demanding investors.  

Then we’ll put you in touch with investors, business angels, venture capitalists and banks.

You can top up venture capital and loans with publicly-funded support from regional, national or EU programmes. Talk to us about how to access public funds and grants for research and development, innovation, investment, consulting services, employment, training or exporting.

Visit access2finanace with details of available EU funds.

Tax credits are another way to finance your company. Ask your local EEN team about the HMRC’s tax credits scheme for research and development, where SMEs incur costs in developing new products, processes or services.