Raising finance for your business


The ALPHAS project seeks to create a conduit for Knowledge Exchange between Universities and SME's in order to solve business problems, creating capacity within the business for further employment and supporting the regional aim to retain graduate talent within the local area.

Big Issue Invest

The UK's first 'social merchant bank,' by social entrepreneurs, for social entrepreneurs.


Business Angels

​The UK national trade association representing private investors or a group of investors looking for opportunities to invest money in enterprises.


First Enterprise

Provides advice and business loans to pre-start and existing business owners throughout the East Midlands.


Fredericks Foundation

​Provides loans to new and existing businesses that have been refused finance by mainstream lenders.

Funds Online

​It’s a database with over 8,000 funders with the potential to give away billions of pounds overall to organisations and individuals. By subscribing, either as an organisation or an individual, fundraising suddenly becomes that much easier with access to funding from grant-making charities, companies, and statutory sources (including central and local government and the EU) all at the click of a button.



​Grantfinder enables you to identify, apply for and manage funding. Featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities. Grantfinder can only be accessed at Northampton Library, Wellingborough Library, Kettering Library, Towcester library and Brixworth libraries.


Innovate UK


​We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors.




​Grants for small and medium-sized rural businesses: farmers wishing to diversify; tourism projects; community groups; foresters and other rural enterprises.

Low Carbon Workspaces


​Match-funded grants for SME businesses in Northamptonshire. What's good for the planet, is good for business, so if you're planning on investing in a project which will cut carbon emissions, save money and minimise waste Low Carbon Workspaces is here to help.

Manufacturing Growth Programme


​Driving Growth in Local Economies. Supporting SME Manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth.

MediLink UK


​A national health technology business support network. With a strong track record in increasing the viability of manufacturers, service providers, designers, OEMs and suppliers of medical technology, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology products.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund


​The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds.

Northamptonshire Community Fund


​The leading independent grant-making charity in the county and they are proud to have worked with its fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local needs, helping its donors make the most of their charitable giving.

Prince's Trust: business funding

​Where to find the money for your own business start-up, and which option is the best for you.


Responsible Finance

​Responsible Finance providers offer simple, affordable loans when the bank can't help.


SEMLEP Growth Hub Recovery and Resilience Grants

​The Recovery and Resilience Grant scheme offers match funding to local businesses to invest in new technologies, plant equipment or machinery to help businesses create employment opportunities.

SEMSUP / Wenta

​The South East Midlands Start-up Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, gives residents of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire with free access to 12 hours of support for new business owners.

Start Up Loans

​A Government initiative providing funding, mentoring and support to those looking to start or grow a business. Start-up Loans works with Enterprise Loans East Midlands and CWRT to support Start Up Loans applicants in the East Midlands.


​Small business advice, business ideas and information on starting a business.