Funding and Finance

Understanding and accessing finance and growth funds

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advice SME growth grants
Are you running a business in Swindon or Wiltshire and need help to grow? With an SME growth grant of between £2,000 and £10,000 you can kick start y...
advice Overview of available European Funding
​Various European funding networks offer financial support for businesses of all types.
advice Finance support information index
A bank loan is not the only way that you can raise money to fund your business. A quick overview of available options is a good place to start.

Resources

Swindon & Wiltshire SME Growth Grants

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With an SME growth grant of between £2,000 and £10,000 you can kick start your business growth and take your business success to the next level. Apply through the links below.

businesswest.co.uk/growth-grants

Social Enterprise Loans

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SWIG Finance can support growing social enterprises with affordable and unsecured loans, with support and business advice available via the Seedbed programme which is delivered by Dartington Hall Trust. Operating for more than 25 years, SWIG Finance is a not-for-profit organisation delivering loan finance across the South West region to small and medium sized enterprises which cannot access sufficient funding from the banks.

Seedbed

Crowdfunder

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Crowd funding for community groups, business, a charity, a social enterprise, a sports club, or a person. Crowdfunder have worked with thousands of people to raise millions of pounds with the power of the Crowd.

Crowdfunder

Social enterprises, community groups & village services (Community First)

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Community First provides information, advice and support to tackle and promote rural community issues. They provide practical help, especially to social enterprises, community groups and village services, such as community shops and post offices. They can provide loans, grants and funds for community projects and as well as for youth inclusion projects.

Grants-and-Funding

Fredericks Foundation - Responsible finance, advice and support

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Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance. Fredericks operates across most of England with a support team on hand to help and guide applicants all the way through the process. The support continues even after the applicant has been successful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice, networking and links within the local community that can help support and grow new and expanding businesses.

Fredericks Foundation

Supplying The South West

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This portal provides a user friendly, intuitive process to advertise all open tenders and quotation opportunities for councils in the South West. The procurement portal is FREE to join for businesses and offers the following advantages:- •Immediate access to current business opportunities •Receive email notifications on business opportunities that are align with your company •Reduces costs as the process is online •You are in control of your tender submission and not reliant on a third party courier or postal service •Submissions can be completed electronically rather than hand written •Submissions can be amended up until the closing date and time

SupplyingTheSouthWest

Wiltshire Emergency Services e-tendering service

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The Bluelight eTendering site was launched in November 2004, to give suppliers easier access to tenders and quotations published by the Police and Fire and Rescue services. The system is a complete Internet based solution, meaning no software resides on either the buyer’s or the supplier’s computers. It provides both buyers and suppliers with a secure, cost effective and easy-to-use eTendering solution for the advertisement of new tender opportunities, online quotation and tenders, secure auditable message function ensuring a consistent and non-discriminatory competitive process which is more efficient and easy to manage for all. This e-Tendering portal is used by most of the UK Police forces and many Fire & Rescue Services to publish and manage their quotations and tenders.

BluelighteTendering

Plain Action, Local Action Group (LAG) - Rural

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Grant funding information and advice for rural businesses based in the Salisbury Plain area

Plainaction.org

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