Finance & Funding

Sources of financial advice and information on access to funding.

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Organisations providing support and advice on how to develop business plans, assist with readiness for investment, and funding applications.

Boost Business Lancashire - Access to Finance

Boost Business Lancashire has a range of funded support programmes and access-to-finance initiatives that can help you start and grow your business. The Access to Finance service is for ambitious businesses with desire to grow, invest, create jobs and / or innovate and trade internationally. Whether you are looking to secure investment, seeking a loan or planning an aquisition, our team can help.

Crowdfund Lancashire

Crowdfund Lancashire gives anyone a chance to create local culture and sport projects and support the projects which matter most to them. If it matters to our communities, it matters to Lancashire County Council, who will support eligible projects with a pledge from the £500,000 Lancashire Culture & Sport Fund (LCSF). If you have an idea that will improve the culture or sport offer in your community, you could get up to £15,000 towards your target.

Transmit Start-Ups

Transmit Start-Ups is a national delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company, a government-backed scheme to encourage new entrepreneurs. We provide low-interest Start Up Loans to businesses and individuals across the UK.

Rosebud Business Finance

Rosebud Micro and Rosebud Business Finance are complete financial solutions in the form of loan or equity-based funding options. The project supports start ups or expanding businesses who show ambition and innovation in their growth plans. You'll get support from locally-based sector specialist advisors to help fuel your growth.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a start-up or an established SME business the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has a range of finance options for you.

UCLan Investment Readiness Programme

The University of Central Lancashire provides a FREE investor led Investment Readiness Programme, offering unique insights into what is needed to secure equity investment for your business. Led by experienced investors, the programme helps SMEs raise venture capital and business angel investment by ensuring they are properly prepared and understand the process. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Lancaster University Business Funding

We provide specialist expertise and advice on accessing funding for collaborative projects that enable your organisation to access the right research, knowledge, people and facilities in the School of Computing and Communications to improve the competitiveness of your business.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is a leading small business loans platform, which enables businesses to get fast, easy access to funding to grow, create jobs, support local communities and drive the economy.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme provides financial support to start your creative business if you are between 18 and 30 years old, and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week.


Seedrs makes it easy to raise investment from a diverse investor crowd and your own community, to raise the capital you need to grow your business.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free smart website for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

Innovate UK

A publicly-funded agency offering expert advice and funding support to SMEs to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering, digital and related-technologies.

Kickstarter Crowdfunding

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more.

Creative Directory

Profiles of our creatives businesses

The Growing Club CIC

Bridging the gap in business education for women

Initiate Theatre Ltd

Initiate Theatre

Designer Sofas For You Ltd

Chestefield Sofa

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