We know that accessing finance has always been a problem facing games and interactive entertainment businesses throughout the UK. But there is money available if you know where to look, for instance an estimated £850m per annum is invested by Business Angels into games companies annually in the UK according to the Annual Report on the business angel market in the UK 2008/2009. Likewise there is R&D tax relief available, as well as new sources of money like crowd funding and government initiatives like the Enterprise Investment Scheme to highlight a few of the ways that games businesses can get access to finance.
Nonetheless, you can have the best game in the world, operating the best business model, on the right platform but without a solid business plan and the ability to pitch your product to investors, you may not be able to access the money you need.
Funds and Investors for Games
Creative England GamesLab
Small Companies Enterprise Centre
R&D Tax Credits
Technology Strategy Board Innovation Funding
Arts Council Games Grants
Social Incubator Fund
Abertay Games Funding