Access finance in the UK

Whatever your company’s size, market or sector, the UK offers a range of finance and funding options for your business.

Last updated 16 May 2019

Business-friendly banking

Our world-class banking service is open to individuals and businesses of every size. Find out about setting up a UK bank account.

Funding for small businesses

The British Business Bank helps smaller businesses find the right finance.

Programmes for entrepreneurs and innovation

We’re rated as one of the most innovative countries in the world and pride ourselves on our investment in research and development (R&D).

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) offers funding through our Research Councils and Innovate UK.

A range of UK-government backed venture capital financing include:

There are also many tax reliefs for research and development such as Patent Box, R&D Tax Relief and R&D Expenditure Credit.

Funding opportunities based on your location

There are many opportunities to access local finance in the UK. These include:

  • the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
  • Midlands Engine Investment Fund
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • programmes from the Devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland