Raising finance for your business

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.



​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.


New enterprise allowance


​Can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. Contact Jobcentre Plus to apply or find out more.


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.


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.