Finance options

Look at the resources and links below and see which are most beneficial to you.

Business Finance Solutions
Offers a range of government backed finance products from start - up loans of £500 to equity investment up to £4m for businesses who are unable to obtain funding through a mainstream lender. Call 0161 245 4977.
Visit the Business Finance Solutions website

Manufacturing Growth Fund
The Manufacturing Growth Fund supports small and medium sized manufacturers across the North West, covering Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region.
Visit the Manufacturing Growth Fund website

Access to Finance
Free impartial advice to businesses seeking sources of business finance with specialist advisers.
Visit the Access to Finance website

Gov.UK  Business Finance and Support Finder
Allows you to search for schemes tailored to your business area.  The database contains schemes run by both central and local government and some private organisations.  Services range from advice through to practical involvement with projects.
Visit the Gov.UK business finance and support webpage

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund
The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is a energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.
Visit The Carbone Trust website

British Business Bank
The British Business Bank brings expertise and Government money to smaller business finance markets.
Visit the British Business Bank website

Business Growth Fund
Established in 2011 to help Britain's growing smaller and medium sized businesses. Backed by five of the UK's main banking groups - Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered - they are an independent company with up to £2.5bn with which to make long-term equity investments.
Visit the Business Growth Fund website

The Greater Manchester Investment Fund
Offers flexible loans and equity investments of between £0.5m and £5m at commercial rates. Applicants need to provide additional funding from the private sector.  The fund is managed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to encourage business growth and job creation in Greater Manchester.
Visit the Greater Manchester Investment Fund website

Greater Manchester Loan Fund
The Greater Manchester Loan Fund provides finance of between £100,000 and £500,000 to growth focused businesses in the Greater Manchester region.
Visit the Greater Manchester Loan Fund website

Greater Manchester Export Fund (supported through Regional Growth Funding)
Manchester Growth Company is welcoming applications for its £9.5m export fund. The fund aims to increase export sales of new and existing exporters through targeted financial support from grant and loan funding.  The GM Loan Fund also provides short-term loans of up to £500,000 to enable small and medium businesses fulfil export orders and is targeted at those which cannot access export finance from other sources.

Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All projects must be completed by 31 May 2017.Interested companies should contact 0161 359 3050 or email:

For further information visit

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GM AGE)
GM AGE is a grant of £1,500 for companies who haven’t employed an apprentice in the last 12 months and replaces the national AGE grant for GM Employers.  To qualify, companies must have under 250 employees, appoint an apprentice aged between 16 and 24 and employ them in a Greater Manchester workplace for a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes them to complete the apprenticeship.

Employers can also apply for additional incentives worth £1,000 if their apprentice is progressing from a completed Traineeship to an Apprenticeship and then progresses to a Higher Apprenticeship.  If criteria for all elements are met, you may be eligible for a total grant of up to £3,500. Funds are available on a first come first served basis until 31st December 2016.

For more information contact us on 01204 336258 or 336129 or visit

Creative Industry Finance
The programme assists creative businesses to access finance from a specially selected group of lenders based in England and delivers expert advice and access to free business support.

The North West Fund for Digital & Creative
Provides a flexible equity package for growth oriented businesses operating within the Digital & Creative sector offering finance from £50,000 to £2m to businesses and in return, the Fund Manager will require an equity share in the business. Capital structures can include a combination of equity and loan support to suit the needs of the company.

 AXM Venture Capital manage the North West Fund for Digital & Creative.

Telephone 0161 408 1818

Creative England
Investments of £50,000 to £200,000 matched 50/50 by funding from the applicant company. Various funds are available including investment in small or medium enterprises (SME’s) who are in an advanced stage of developing and commercialising digital products for the healthcare sector. Each investment will be made on commercial terms as either a revenue share, business loan or equity investment.