Finance your business

Whether you are looking to start or grow your business we can suggest are a number of possible sources of funding.

Best Growth Hub - grant finder is also able to search for loans that are currently available and filter these to the appropriate finance options for your business

British Business Bank  - works with a wide range of finance partners to unlock finance for smaller businesses. The British Business Bank Finance Hub is designed to help businesses understand the financial landscape and ultimately access the right finance for their growth potential. It's an independent, impartial digital hub designed to raise awareness of the different types of finance available for growing UK businesses. Explore finance options and find funding to suit your business.

Start Up Loans - a subsidiary of the British Business Bank delivers the Government's Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance

Invest ESSEX - works with selected business partners to deliver a 'total solution' for expanding companies and to provide dedicated assistance from the initial 'location evaluation' stage through to start of business operations and beyond. Our dedicated aftercare service continues to assist growing business long after their initial investments in Essex.

Creative England - supports digital creative companies through the provision of interest-free business loans

Better Business Finance - free, quick and easy access to a directory on GOV.UK of approved finance suppliers for UK businesses


Grants for businesses

To find out about grant funding opportunities from local and national providers go to our Grants page.


Business rates discounts and exemptions

Your business may be able to claim a discount on business rates called Business rates relief. There are also special relief schemes for charities and amateur community sports clubs, businesses in rural areas and a discretionary business development rate relief scheme that provides additional discounts to eligible businesses.