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Business Funding & Investment Advice

Whatever stage your business is at, there are various funding and investment opportunities available to businesses providing your business the opportunity to thrive.

Scottish EDGE – Round 10

“It is the best decision I have taken as a government minister” – John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, describing Scottish Government’s support for Scottish EDGE

The aim of Scottish EDGE is to identify and support Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential, entrepreneurial talent. At STEP we are delighted to offer support to businesses looking to apply. Contact our funding adviser or click below to find out more about the ‘dragons den’ style competition.

Round 10 will open for entries early 2017.

Stirling Business Investment Fund

The Stirling Business Investment Fund provides loans of up to £10k – £25k to eligible small and medium sized enterprises

A guide to Government financial assistance for businesses

This guide outlines EU, UK, Scottish and local Government financial assistance available to new and existing businesses in Scotland as at October 2013. It should be noted that the Government also provides non-financial assistance to businesses, but this support is not covered in this guide.

The funding programmes available may be subject to change. Please contact the author if you would like to update any information in this guide.

Scottish Rural Development Programme

The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland.

The key purpose of the SRDP is to help achieve sustainable economic growth in Scotland’s rural areas. It’s main priorities are:

Enhancing the rural economy
Supporting agricultural and forestry businesses
Protecting and improving the natural environment
Addressing the impact of climate change
Supporting rural communities

The SRDP is made up of different schemes that provide grants and support.

Grants and Support Directory

Developing your business may require some sort of financing. The Grants and Support Directory will direct you towards likely sources of finance (loans, grants and external investments). Search the directory to find out what’s available in your area
The funding programmes available may be subject to change. Please contact the author if you would like to update any information in this guide.

Business Finance – Loans for Small Businesses

If you are a small business located in Central Scotland you can apply for a loan of £5,000 to £30,000 from DSL Business Finance, the not-for-profit business lender. DSL specialises in start-up and gap finance for small firms, charities and social enterprises which are unable to get funding from banks. DSL is an ethical lender; any profit it makes is ploughed back into providing loans for small firms rather than distributing to shareholders or paying staff bonuses.

If you are a small business located in Central Scotland you can apply for a loan of £5,000 to £30,000 from DSL Business Finance, the not-for-profit business lender. DSL specialises in start-up and gap finance for small firms, charities and social enterprises which are unable to get funding from banks. DSL is an ethical lender; any profit it makes is ploughed back into providing loans for small firms rather than distributing to shareholders or paying staff bonuses.

Using a Government scheme called The Enterprise Finance Guarantee, DSL can lend to firms even if they have no security or have been turned down by the banks. DSL has has a track record of success and a 92% client satisfaction rate. Since setting up in 1993 DSL has helped more than 600 businesses to create 2,000 jobs by providing investment of £7 million.

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If you are a small business located in Central Scotland you can apply for a loan of £5,000 to £30,000 from DSL Business Finance, the not-for-profit business lender. DSL specialises in start-up and gap finance for small firms, charities and social enterprises which are unable to get funding from banks. DSL is an ethical lender; any profit it makes is ploughed back into providing loans for small firms rather than distributing to shareholders or paying staff bonuses.

Using a Government scheme called The Enterprise Finance Guarantee, DSL can lend to firms even if they have no security or have been turned down by the banks. DSL has has a track record of success and a 92% client satisfaction rate. Since setting up in 1993 DSL has helped more than 600 businesses to create 2,000 jobs by providing investment of £7 million.

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