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Other Sources of Funding

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

The Carbon Trust offers tailored expertise, knowledge and finance to help your organisation reduce energy cost and increase profits by implementing low carbon solutions.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering up to £10,000 to small and medium sized businesses, which could benefit from financial support when buying energy saving equipment.

The Carbon Trust also provides the following support:

  • Energy opportunity assessments - to help identify energy saving opportunities, and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment.

  • Equipment procurement support – help to find equipment suppliers including
     - A feasibility check
     - Writing performance specifications
     - Tendering support

  • Workshops – as series of workshops are planned aimed at companies with fewer than 50 employees.

For further information please click here

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

BGF makes long term capital investments of £2 million to £10 million in ambitious companies, typically turning over £5 million to £100 million.

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British Business Bank

The Government has set up the British Business Bank to help make sure finance markets for small and medium-sized businesses work effectively.
The British Business Bank manages all government programmes that help smaller businesses to access finance. It does not lend directly to businesses but works alongside private sector partners.

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British Business Bank Investments

British Business Bank Investments is the commercial arm of British Business Bank plc. British Business Bank Investments make investments to providers of finance to smaller business in the UK.

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UK Steel Enterprise Ltd (UKSE)

UKSE is the wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with the responsibility of helping the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry. They work in steel areas across the UK assisting job and wealth creation by supporting small and medium enterprises with finance and premises. Additionally they assist community initiatives in areas across the UK with both funding and in kind support. Investment up to £750,000.

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Funding Circle

Funding Circle - Funding Circle is a Government approved online marketplace to help businesses find low cost loans quickly.

  • You can borrow between £5k and £1M to keep your business growing

  • You can borrow for all sorts of requirements, including - Working Capital, Expansion Capital, Asset Finance, One off business expenses

For more information click here

Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)

EIS is designed to help smaller higher-risk trading companies to raise finance by offering a range of tax relief to investors who purchase new shares in those companies. To access the guide which provides an overview for companies and potential investors who have heard of the Scheme and want to know more about it and how it works click here.

Business Angel Finance

Businesses seeking significant capital for expansion frequently look for private investments from single individuals or syndicates known as business angels. In this case the company that is seeking finance sells a percentage of its shares to investors in return for a cash injection.

For more information click here

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

CAF Venturesome provides affordable financial support to charities, social enterprises and community groups, offering financial support of between £25,000 and £250,000 (or up to £350,000 in certain circumstances).

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Other Useful Links


An online directory of finance companies providing alternatives to conventional bank loans or overdrafts.

For more information click here

Better Business Finance

A search tool to access finance advisors across Britain.

For more information click here

Dudley MBC Federation of Small Businesses Black Country Chamber of Commerce Black Country Growth Hub