The Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF) launched in May 2019 and is made up of two funding streams; equity or debt finance. Debt finance The FSE Group supports new and established small to medium enterprises that are investing in one of the 33 London Boroughs. The Fund typically provides debt loans of between £100,000 to […]
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London & Partners’ Business Growth Programme provides tailored advice and support to grow your business. It will help you overcome many challenges at different stages in your businesses’ growth journey, as well as providing access to: Experienced and commercially successful mentors Local business support Workshops and events Corporate engagement. This three-month programme is open to […]
The Mayor’s International Business Programme is a tailored business support programme for high-growth firms in London operating in four broad sectors: creative, finance, business services and tech, life sciences and urban innovation. Over the course of the 12-month programme, you will receive the advice and support you need to make your business an international success. […]
Big Issue Invest helps finance the growth of sustainable social enterprise and charities that make a positive difference across the UK. It manages a number of funds and projects including: Early-stage lending Loans of between £20,000 and £150,000 to charities and social enterprise Social impact investments. For more information, please click here.
The Southwark Pioneers Fund supports commercial and social enterprises, and revenue-raising charities based in Southwark to start up and grow. The first phase of the fund launches in October 2019 and will provide grants of up to £5,000 for enterprises and entrepreneurs to pilot, test and experiment with new and innovative solutions. Further phases of […]
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) helps people to start up, scale and strengthen organisations that tackle social and environmental problems. Every year, SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and social-sector leaders through learning. It runs courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. SSE helps in other […]
The Community Business Trade Up Programme is designed to help community businesses to develop their income from trading and grow. Through the programme, community businesses can access: 12 days of learning spread across six months a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000. The programme is delivered across England. People interested in applying should register […]
TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono marketplace. It is a free service which connects lawyers in more than 175 countries with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social enterprises that require pro bono legal assistance. TrustLaw is a rapidly growing community of more than 4,000 members, including over 850 law firms and in-house legal […]
The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is designed to help social entrepreneurs at any stage, from start-up to scale-up. Through the programme, social entrepreneurs can access: A learning programme Mentoring A supportive community A grant of up to £7,000. The programme is delivered at locations across England and applications for 2020/21 […]
Workspace provides office space to rent in a variety of locations and building types in London. Some offices have 24-hour access and CCTV. Workspace of varying sizes and types is available, including office, studio and workshop space. A Growth Hub Guide to help with renting business premises How to Rent Business Premises This guide […]
The Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency supports communities to be healthy and sustainable. As part of this work, it develops enterprises, which meet economic and social needs, and that are co-operatively managed. Development support includes training courses that build the knowledge and skills of the local community and partners. Some training courses are delivered free of […]
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Good Finance is a project designed to support charities and social enterprises to navigate the social investment landscape. Services include: A diagnostic tool to help organisations determine if social investment is right for them Events A directory of potential investors and advisers Information about social investment. A Growth Hub Guide to help with starting and […]
RBS Social and Community Capital provides loans of between £30,000 and £750,000 to business charities and social enterprises that are not eligible for mainstream funding. Applicants could also benefit from flexible terms and repayments holidays. There is no deadline to apply, and applications for loan funding are open all year round. A Growth Hub Guide […]
The Beyond Business programme provides incubator support to help social enterprises in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney to start up and grow. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their business ideas to the Dragon’s Den style Beyond Business panel. Successful applicants will receive up to £17,000 in investment, as well as membership of the programme. The […]
Envestors specialises in helping high-growth companies to raise equity finance through its network of private investors. Investors will typically invest an average of £42,000 in high-growth companies seeking £250,000 to £2 million in equity funding. A Growth Hub Guide to help with access to finance Financing Your Business with Venture Capital Venture capital is often […]
Power to Change is an independent charitable trust, set up in January 2015 with a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to support, develop and grow community business across England. Grant funding of up to £300,000 is available for community businesses in England. In assessing applications, the trust considers aspects including community control […]
Hackney Co-operative Developments (HCD) is a local community economic development agency that aims to empower the people of Hackney to change their lives for the better. HCD supports the growth of co-operatives and social enterprises, as well as SMEs through the provision of affordable workspace and incubation services. A Growth Hub Guide to help you […]
The Nesta Impact Investment Fund invests in social ventures that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities across the UK. The fund provides investments of between £150,000 and £1 million. A Growth Hub Guide to help with starting and running a social enterprise Support for Social Enterprise This guide provides […]