Startup grants and loans
Startup grants and loans

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Search the government’s website for relevant financial support here:

Contact Opportunity Peterborough for more free and impartial business support.

  • CRF Start and Grow Programme

    The CPCA Growth Hub is rolling out a new, intensive programme of structured business support and grants, funded by the Community Renewal Fund (CRF) and Local Authority partners.

    If you are an entrepreneur considering starting a business; or have already started, but been trading for less than 3 years with 3 or less staff, and in Peterborough, Huntingdonshire or Fenland local authority areas, you could be eligible for grant funding and strategic business support through the Growth Hub.

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  • New Enterprise Allowance

    If you’re in receipt of Universal Credit you may be able to get New Enterprise Allowance to help you:

    • start your own business
    • develop your business, if you’re already self-employed

    To find out if you’re eligible for New Enterprise Allowance, contact your work coach by signing in to your Universal Credit account.

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  • Startup Loans Company

    A Start Up Loan is a personal loan for business purposes, it aims to help individuals starting a new venture which is either still in the planning stages or has been trading for up to 12 months, although in certain circumstances this may be extended to 24 months.

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  • Princes Trust (ages 18-30)

    When you join the free Enterprise programme run by The Prince’s Trust, you’ll benefit from the skills, training and mentoring to make your business a success – along with the chance to apply for a low-interest loan.

    Prince’s Trust works with the Start Up Loans Company to offer low-interest business loans between £500 to £5,000 at a rate of 6.2% APR.

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  • Fredericks Foundation

    Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider (RFP) and a charity that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition but cannot obtain mainstream finance.

    For start-up businesses we offer up to a maximum of £10,000, though our average loan is less than £5,000. For established businesses with a financial track record of at least 3 years the maximum loan is £20,000.

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  • UKRI Edge

    UKRI is the UK’s innovation agency resource for innovative SMEs from any sector who are ambitious to grow further and scale. Click here to search for funding opportunities.

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  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (venture capital)

    Your company (or group of companies if you’re a parent company) may qualify if it is less than 2 years old, and at the time of investment has:

    • no more than £200,000 in gross assets
    • less than 25 employees
    • not previously carried out a different trade
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  • Business Growth Loans

    Borrow between £10k – £100k to invest in your business plans up to a maximum of 7 years. Loans are available to businesses trading for more than 24 months, but earlier stage businesses can be considered.

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