Regional support

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Support for businesses in Northern Ireland
Invest NI provides high quality services, finance programmes, support and expert advice to businesses. In addition, debt and equity support is provided through external FCA-approved fund managers.

Support for businesses in Scotland
Business Gateway provides a first point of contact for all publicly funded advice to business and is delivered through the local authorities. It offers a range of advice and support to new, established and growing businesses. Visit for further information.

Businesses can also find out about finance options at

Support for businesses in Wales
Business Wales provides support to people starting, running and growing a business.

Finance Wales makes commercial investments in SMEs based in – or willing to relocate to – Wales.

Download the Welsh language pdf of the Business Finance Guide.

Local support for businesses across England
The government supports many local initiatives across England which help smaller businesses grow and access finance. You can find out what is available in your area by contacting your nearest Local Enterprise Partnership through the LEP network website.

Business growth hubs (England)

Growth hubs are public/private sector partnerships under the governance of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Find out more.

Together on the journey

Access to the right kind of finance at every stage in your growth journey enables businesses like yours to invest, grow and create jobs. That’s why the British Business Bank and ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty, and partner organisations representing finance and business, have created the business finance guide. Find out more about our partners