The Start Up Loans Company is a government-backed scheme, established in September 2012, with the goal of helping early-stage businesses in the UK access affordable finance and mentoring support to start and grow. Start Up Loans are unsecured personal loans that must be used for business purposes, and all applications take into consideration both the individual’s personal affordability and the needs of the business.
Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider (RFP) and a charity that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks Foundation will consider you for a loan and business support if you can demonstrate that you have made a genuine application for funds to your bank or a mainstream lender – and that you have been turned down.
UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. UnLtd resources hundreds of individuals each year through its core Awards programme. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from awards of funding to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.
Funding Circle is supported by the British Business Bank, a development bank wholly owned by the UK Government. Funding Circle is a peer-to-peer lending platform exclusively focused on small businesses.
iwoca markets itself as a fast, flexible source of business finance for all UK businesses. Iwoca will consider a wide range of businesses ranging from new startups to established companies. However you must have a UK-based business and operate as a sole-trader, partnership or limited company.
Fair Finance offers a range of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of people who are financially excluded. Most of Fair Finance's customers have been ignored by the mainstream financial services industry and exploited by the sub-prime financial services industry. Wherever possible Fair Finance works in partnership with other companies and agencies that share their goals.
Ezbob provides you with a tailored funding solution as an alternative to banks in regards to small business lending. With ezbob you can apply and receive business funding at any hour of the day, from any internet connected device and use our funding for any purpose.
UK Angel Investment Network is an online platform connecting startups with a global network of angel investors. Business angels, or private investors, can provide start-up equity, called seed capital. Business angels usually provide seed capital in the range from £10,000 to £40,000, plus business angels offer their business expertise and contacts to help their investments grow.
AngelList generates a list of recommended investors based on the startup's market, stage, and location. The founders select investors from that list that they are willing to speak with. If the investor accepts, AngelList sends an email to both the startup and the investor suggesting that they connect.
Seedrs is an equity crowdfunding platform for investing in startups and later-stage businesses throughout Europe. Seedrs allows users to invest as little as £10 or €10 into the businesses they choose and lets early-stage startups and more established businesses raise investment from friends, family, customers, angels and other independent investors in exchange for equity in the business.