• Business Finance

    You may want to access funding and financial advice to enhance your business

Whether you are a new or established business, support is available to help your business identify and apply for grants and loans.

Financial Advice

Access to Finance North West

Business Growth Hub - Access to Finance North West provides free investment and brokerage to loan and grant funding solutions.

Support is also available with financial planning such as budgeting, developing a financial strategy and completing financial forecasts.

Better Business Finance

Better Business Finance provides independent information and support to new and established businesses. 

Research and development tax relief

Gov.uk - Research and development tax relief information - The online manual is designed to give an overview of the relief and to advise, in outline, on important considerations when submitting a claim.

British Business Bank

British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank who help businesses understand their finance options.

Business Growth Hub

GC Business Growth Hub

#HereForBusiness - If you're concerned about the impact that COVID-19 might have on your business, we are here to help you navigate the latest government information and provide specialist advice. Business Growth Hub

Funding Sources

Business start-up:

Business growth:

  • Business Growth Fund - Equity investment fund for early and growth stage businesses.
  • North West Evergreen Fund - Funding for commercial property and infrastructure projects in Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire and Lancashire.
  • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund - Providing commercially focused finance through Microfinance, Debt and Equity Finance funds.
  • Gov.uk - LEADER Rural Funding - Funding available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, and benefit the rural economy.
  • Gov.uk - Innovation Funding - Government backed funding for the research and development of processes, products and services, testing ideas and to encourage collaboration with other organisations.
  • Mercia Asset Management - Funding to SMEs through debt, venture or growth capital.

Social Enterprise funding:

Energy Efficiency Grants