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Business grants, loans and equity

We work with a number of partner organisations to provide information and advice on financial matters to businesses in South Derbyshire.

The Business Link provides advice and guidance on all aspects of raising and managing business finances, including grants and government support.

Business Link is a government agency that provides impartial advice and information services to businesses.

Grants are typically linked to specific areas of business activity, such as exporting, new product development or training, or a specific industry sector. Some grants are linked to specific geographical areas, which are being assisted in their regeneration.

Grants are not a right, are subject to strict terms and conditions and eligibility criteria, and may have to be matched by the recipient with their own funds.

Search the Business Link Business Support Finder database.

Grantnet is a free to use funding search site. The site contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of grants, loans and other initiatives operating in the UK.

It currently holds details of over 4,000 sources, including grants provided by the European Commission, UK Government, local government, corporate sponsors and charitable trusts.

The aim of Grantnet is to enable organisations such as small to medium sized enterprises, as well as community groups and social enterprises to undertake a search for funding that may apply to specific projects.

Businesses may also consider Private Equity investment. ‘Private equity’ refers to the equity financing of unquoted companies at stages in their life from start-up to expansion together with management buy-outs and buy-ins of established companies that have real growth potential that can be enhanced with private equity support.

‘Venture capital’ is a subset of private equity, covering early stages of funding from seed to expansion capital. Equity capital is, by nature, medium to long term and targeted at companies with growth potential, which can ultimately be realised through trade sales or flotation on the public markets.

Further information on Enterprise Capital Funds

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Economic Development Service
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595755
Fax: 01283 595760
Online: contact form

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