Getting help from the government

Looking for a start-up loan? Need to market new products or services? Want to find ways to grow your business? There's a world of government support, advice and inspiration out there - but it can be difficult to know where to look.

To help you access the right information at the right time, this helpful guide can point you in the right direction.

Support when you're starting a business

If you're looking for different ways to raise funds for your start-up, you may be considering equity finance or debt finance. Whichever finance route is right for you, government initiatives such as business support tools, generous tax relief for investors supporting new businesses and government funded Start Up Loans can help get your business up and running.

Find out more about finance options for new businesses

Business support tool
This interactive guidance tool gives you a report on finance types, start-up or growth advice and local and national helplines based on your individual business needs.

Use the business support tool

Start Up Loans
This government-funded scheme provides advice, business loans and mentoring to start-up businesses. Start Up Loans are designed for new ventures that are either still in the planning stages or have been trading for up to 12 months. The average loan amount is £6,000 with a typical repayment term of 1 to 5 years.

Discover more about Start Up Loans

For further help and guidance, call the government's Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565

For business support outside of England, visit the following websites for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Support when you're growing your business

If you're looking for expand your business, the government has a range of initiatives and resources such as the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, the Business Growth Service, business support tools and real life case studies to help you secure finance and grow.

Find out more about these government initiatives

Finding finance solutions
As not all businesses are able to get access to the finance they need, the British Business Bank can step in to help. Thanks to their innovative solutions, they're increasing the level and choice of finance options for smaller UK businesses.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee
The Enterprise Finance Guarantee is a government scheme which secures bank loans for businesses without adequate security. It could be the right option if you're looking to increase working capital funding, expand or diversify your business.

Find out more about Enterprise Finance Guarantees

Find out how HSBC can guide you through the process with our Enterprise Finance Guarantee fact sheet

Business Growth Service
If you have less than 250 employees and a turnover under £40m, you could benefit from this service. You'll get a personal account manager who will offer tailored advice and support to help you grow your business in the way you want.

Find out more about the Business Growth Service

For further help and guidance, call the government's Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565

For business support outside of England, visit the following websites for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Support for exporters

If you're a UK-based company who wants to grow your business overseas, UK Trade and Investment staff provide expert advice and practical support. Through a range of unique services, they can help you trade successfully in foreign markets and become familiar with overseas business practices.

Find out more about UKTI's services for exporters

Find out about government trade finance and insurance solutions

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