Funding and Finance

Understanding and accessing finance and growth funds

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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...
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The Swindon Investment Guide
Thinking of relocating your business to the Swindon area?
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Overview of available European Funding
​Various European funding networks offer financial support for businesses of all types.
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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.

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Angel Co Fund - Angel Investment Fund

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A £100m investment fund with objectives to back promising UK businesses and help develop the important business angel investment market.

AngelCoFund.co.uk
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Big Lottery Awards for All

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£300- £10,000 grants for community projects that: Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

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Business in the Community: Power to Change Community Business Fund

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Only open to community businesses. Grants from 50k - £300k. Next round of funding from 2018. Funds community enterprises –includes tourism relevant businesses e.g. arts centres, community pubs, cafes, shops, transport, media, environment & conservation that benefits people. Capital and revenue funding.

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Countryside Productivity Scheme

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The Countryside Productivity Scheme funds projects which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy

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First World War ‘then and now’ grant

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Open until 2019.

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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.

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Government development finance

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Home Building Fund - loan finance for 5+ homes

campaign.gov.uk
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GRANTfinder

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Europe's leading and most advanced grants database for external grant funding opportunities across the UK

https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/contacts
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Groundwork - Community Training Grants

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The Swindon and Wiltshire Community Training Grants through Groundwork support those furthest from the labour market, targeting the economically inactive.

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Heritage Enterprise Grants

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£100k-£5 million grants to repair and regenerate neglected buildings for new uses.

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Innovate UK

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Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success. With a strong business focus, they drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation

Innovate-UK
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LEADER Rural Development Programme

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Six LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) cover all rural areas of Swindon & Wiltshire, making grant funding available to all rurally-based businesses.

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North Wessex Downs Leader - Rural Grants

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The North Wessex Downs LEADER website provides information on rural development grants available to farmers, foresters, community enterprises and rural-based businesses.

Northwessexleader.org
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Oxford Innovation

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Incubating and accelerating high growth SMEs.

Oxford Innovation
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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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Prism Fund

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Grants of £500- 20,000. The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund awards grants to help charitable bodies and accredited museums acquire and conserve items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry and related fields. Open to charitable or public bodies and accredited museums except national organisations funded by central government.

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Repair grants for heritage at risk (English Heritage)

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Grants for the repair and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes.

Repair-Grants
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Resilient Heritage grants

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£3k-250k For organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage.

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Social and Sustainable Capital

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Loans and investment finance for charities, social sector and community enterprises. Focus on supporting disadvantaged people.

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South West Loans Fund

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Finance solutions for small and medium sized enterprises which cannot access sufficient funding from the banks.

swigfinance.co.uk
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The British Business Bank

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The British Business Bank is a Government-owned, independently-run development bank that helps growing businesses find the right finance options.

British-business-bank.co.uk
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The Start Up Loans Company

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The Start Up Loans Company has a mission to help new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support.

startuploans.co.uk
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Wiltshire - 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.

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Angel Investment Network

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The Angel Investment Network provides a platform for entrepreneurs and business owners to meet angel investors who can provide funding and advice for their business.

angelinvestmentnetwork.co.uk
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Broadband Finance for pre-start or start-up business

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For businesses in the UK that can’t access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2MB per second.

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme - UK
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Cotswolds AONB SD Fund

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Open to public, private or voluntary organisations plus individuals and businesses if there are wider community benefits. Supports community-based sustainable development projects – focus on environmental, local economy or community benefits within the AONB area – including tourism, recreation, access, historic environment. 50% intervention rate – can increase to 75% for Non-profit organisations. Grants up to £8,000.

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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.

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Folk 2 Folk - Crowdfunding

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Folk2Folk offers simple, straightforward, local lending and borrowing.

folk2folk.com
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Giving money and support where people need it most (Wiltshire Community Foundation)

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Wiltshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that gives grants and funding to the voluntary sector and charities across Wiltshire and Swindon. We are an expert on local need and disadvantage in communities and offer high quality advice and support for all types of donors who want to make a difference in their local area

WiltshireCF.org.uk
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Grant & finance search platform (j4bGrants)

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Small business funding information on all the latest European grants, UK Government grants and other sources of funding to help start and grow your business.

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Grants for the Arts

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Grants for the Arts (Arts Council England) is an open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

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Growing Places Infrastructure Fund

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Provides loans for infrastructure projects that will create jobs or new homes.

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Housing Growth Fund

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Equity finance with Lloyds Banking Group

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Innovation Funding Services

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Innovation funding competitions, from digital health technology through to autonomous vehicle technologies

gov.uk/InnovationFundingService
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North Wessex Downs AONB SD Fund

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Environmental, social and economic benefits. Generally up to £3k. Open to community and voluntary groups and partnerships.

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Opportunities, grants and services for technology businesses

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F6S is home to 1.5 million tech founders, 600k startups and more than 12,000 startup programs globally. F6S delivers founders more than $1 billion per year in opportunities, funding, grants and services.

f6s.com
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Parks for People Grant

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Regeneration funding for historic parks and cemeteries, £100k- £5 million

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Prince's Trust business start-up loans for young people

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The Prince's Trust supports young people aged 18 to 30 who want to set up their own business. £1000 to £5000. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources.

Princes-Trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business
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RDPE Rural Growth Programme

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Grant funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

RDPE Rural Growth Programme
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Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020)

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Funding for research or innovation that's ground breaking, improves European research standards or responds to challenges like climate change or food security.

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Restoration of neglected historic buildings and sites (Heritage Enterprise)

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The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn’t commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants of £100,000 to £5million

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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.

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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
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The Business Finance Guide (British Business Bank)

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Whether you are just starting out, an established business owner, or a business finance professional, this guide will help you make the best financing decisions for your particular situation.

TheBusinessFinanceGuide.co.uk
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UK Business Angels Association

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The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors.

ukbaa.org.uk
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