Sources of Finance

Like almost everything else in this digital age, choice is now abundant in the finance sector. Gone are the days of having only your bank manager to approach. Now there are funding opportunities in every corner of the web, from peer-to-peer funding, generous angels and flexible government funds.

We have compiled a list of the more common varieties of finance alongside current funding opportunities and where to find them.

Investment

The Business Finance Guide
A unique guide that sets out the main things to consider and outlines sources of finance available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies.
MeWe360
Provides business support and training, networks and space, and access to funding
Creative England
Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media...
Friends and Family
It might be possible for a business to raise some or all of the funding required from relatives or friends...
UK Innovation Investment Fund (UKIIF)
UKIIF is a venture capital fund that aims to drive economic growth and create highly skilled jobs...
The Aspire Fund
The Aspire Fund matches up to 50% investment into women-led businesses in the UK, to help attract investors into SMEs by cutting their risk...
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
The SEIS is designed to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance by offering a range of tax reliefs...
Business Angel Co-Investment Fund
The CoFund is able to make initial equity investments of between £100,000 and £1 million...
Venture Capital Trusts
A venture capital trust (VCT) is a collective investment scheme designed to provide private equity capital for small expanding companies...
Angel Investment
Angel investors are affluent individuals who provide capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or equity ownership...
Crowdfunding
Sites such as Kickstarter allow individuals or companies to pitch their project to an audience of millions in the hope of sourcing income from them...

Grants & Funding

Creative Europe
Aims to provide funding for artists and cultural professionals, cinemas, films and book translations
Creative Skillset
Creative Skillset manages a range of training funds, contributed to by industry and public sources.
Icebreaker Fund
Icebreaker helps bring together investors, entrepreneurs and creative talent to fund projects and get them off the ground...
Ideas Tap
Ideas Tap is an arts charity for young, creative people at the start of their careers...
Innovation Vouchers
Innovation Vouchers is an initiative run by the Technology Strategy Board, designed to encourage companies...
Patent Box
Patent Box enables UK companies to apply for a reduced corporation tax rate (10%) if they make a profit from exploiting patented inventions...
SMART, Technology Strategy Board
The SMART initiative is specifically aimed at SMEs, offering various funding opportunities...
Unlimited Awards
UnLtd’s Millennium Awards provide practical and financial support to social entrepreneurs in the UK...
Arts Council – Grants for the Arts
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences...
Princes Trust Enterprise Programme
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed young people aged 18 to30...
Prince’s Trust Development Fund
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed young people aged 18 to30...
MEDIA Desk
MEDIA Desk curate dozens of funds that are open to European companies who are active in the audio-visual sector.