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Finance and cash flow

There are several useful financial support schemes and grants that can be used to help grow your business.


Search for support opportunities to assist business growth projects using the finance and support finder tool on the Gov.UK website.

There is also lots of other information on this website offering advice on how to develop your business through a wide range of different topics.

NatWest Swoop

NatWest Business Banking have an online search platform called Swoop. This is free to use and will allow you to search for grants to meet your commercial challenges.

Capital Growth Fund

EMB offer grants between £1,500 and £10,000 which can cover 30% of eligible project costs. The minimum projects size that will be considered is £5,000. This grant can be used for capital purchases, such as machinery, equipment and IT hardware but you can’t spend more than £24,999 with any single supplier.

Applicants must also demonstrate they can create 1 x new job as part of their growth project.

Find out more on the Capital Growth Fund or contact them by:

Invest to Grow

The University of Derby’s Invest to Grow programme provides loans and grants to support private sector businesses across the East Midlands to innovate, grow and create new jobs or safeguard existing jobs. Funding can cover 30% of agreed project costs, therefore an award of £15,000 would be for a minimum project cost of £50,000. The maximum award is £250,000.

The Big House Programme

This support program is for businesses that operate within creative and digital industries.

Some grants may be available, in addition to advice, mentoring and workshops. It doesn’t matter what stage or size your business is at, if you are trading and seeking to grow, then they can support you.

Find out more on the Big House website

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise. Midlands Engine MEIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands and East and South East Midlands.

MEIF provides over £250m of investment to boost small and medium business (SME) growth in the Midlands. If your business is located in the Midlands and you are looking to scale up, then this fund can help.

Find out more on the MEIF website or contact Lewis Stringer, Senior Relationship Manager at British Bank, by: 

The FSE Group

A delivery partner of the British Bank, provide funding solutions to support established SME’s with revenue streams in excess of £100k. Minimum £100K loans are available, repayment periods are between 1 to 5 years.

Find out more on the FSE Group website or contact:

Maven Capital Partners

A delivery partner of the British Bank providing a range of funding options to growing businesses. They can offer a range of flexible funding solutions for entrepreneurial businesses at any stage of the growth cycle, including finance of £100,000 to £1.5m from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). Maven are also accredited to provide funding under CIBLS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans).

Find out more on the Maven Capital Partners website.

The Food and Drink Forum

Can offer a range of free support services to help Food and Drink manufacturers of all sizes.

Grants of up to 25% of project costs for capital projects only, minimum projects £4,000 to a maximum £200,000. They also provide 12-hours free technical advice and access to events.

Find out more on the Food and Drink Forum website or contact Trudi Davison.

Medilink UK

Are a national health technology business support organisation. They can provide commercial opportunities, funding and investment, recruitment and exporting advice and trade missions. They also have a membership service.

Find out more on the Medilink website or contact Jo Maltby by:

One Stop Finance

Provide secured loans for SMEs as long as they have a limited company and you are able to offer security for your debts, they can almost certainly work with you to find the best solution for your particular circumstances.

They can access almost every type of finance solution that an SME might need. This allows them to offer tailored services to clients very quickly.

Find out more on the One Stop Finance website or contact them by:

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