Finance support

National Business Support 

The National Business Support Helpline is available for those looking to start a business for the very first time, new start-ups and existing businesses who have a query in relation to government legislation and transactional services. 

Tel: 0300 456 3565

HM Government 

Business finance support 

Business Finance – Support Finder Tool


Business Finance Guide

Better Business Finance

Lists specific funding support from the commercial sector -

Dorset Business Angels

Dorset Business Angels is an investors group of High Net Worth and Sophisticated Investors based in Bournemouth. They invest in start-up and early stage high-growth businesses.

UK Business Angels 

The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors.

Angels Den

Angels Den is an online investment platform that makes it simple to own shares in early-stage companies that could potentially become the next big thing.

Silicon South 

Silicon South is an ambitious not-for-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the digital economy in Dorset – one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe.

Grant searching online platforms

HM Government

Funding Central 

Grant Finder

Grants Online 

Business is Great

Plunkett Foundation

Lottery Grants 

Funding in Dorset

Invest in Dorset

If you are looking for funding, please get in touch with any of the Invest in Dorset Team members and they will help you with your search and make sure you don’t miss out on any funding available.

Start up Loans 

Start up Loans is a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and deliver the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.

NatWest Business Loans


SWMAS designs and delivers programmes of support that enable ambitious businesses to increase their productivity, improve operational efficiency, develop skills and reach their growth potential.

Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme

The Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme (LMAP) supports established manufacturing SMEs in the South West to understand and develop their capability and capacity to improve and grow. The programme offers a dedicated team of experienced Manufacturing Specialists with a broad range of expertise and resources.

Innovate UK

Innovation Vouchers worth up to £5,000 can be used to pay for an external expert to help your business grow.

Angel CoFund

The Angel Co Fund is a £100m investment fund with objectives to back promising UK businesses and help develop the important business angel investment market.

Enhanced Capital Allowances

The ECA Scheme for Energy Saving Technologies encourages businesses to invest in energy-saving plant or machinery specified on the Energy Technology List (ETL) which is managed by the Carbon Trust on behalf of Government.

HSBC Business Growth Fund

A fund supporting projects and programmes that lever private sector investment creating economic growth and sustainable employment.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)

New Enterprise Allowance is available to Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants aged 18 and over who have been claiming for 26-weeks or more.New Enterprise Allowance could give you money and support to help you start your own business.

Prince's Trust

Prince's Trust worsk with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. It provides support from training and mentoring to funding and resources.

Santander Breakthrough programme

Santander provides innovative and flexible form of finance to help  businesses grow without giving away control or significant equity

South West Investment Group

Operating for more than 25 years, SWIG Finance is a not-for-profit organisation delivering loan finance across the South West region to small and medium sized enterprises which cannot access sufficient funding from the banks.

RDPE Growth Programme

Grant funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy


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