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.

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.

Access to Finance - North West

Access to Finance work with Lancashire businesses to assist them in raising finance to fund their growth. They provide specialist one-to-one support with developing business plans, financial forecasts, investment readiness and funding applications.

The North West Fund - Digital and Creative

The fund provides a flexible financial solutions for growth businesses operating within the Digital & Creative sector, and provides finances to businesses for a broad range of needs from start-up and early stage development through to expansion plans for trading businesses.

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.

Boost Business Lancashire

Boost Business Lancashire has a range of funded support programmes and access-to-finance initiatives that can help you start and grow your business.

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.

Creative Industry Finance

Creative Industry Finance offer business development support and access to finance to a wide range of creative and cultural enterprises, from micro-businesses through to major institutions.

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

&c. Brand Think

Agile Brand Acceleration for Startups, Micro business and SME's

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Photographer in North West

Tekserv FM Group

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