Access to finance

Dudley Business First works closely with public and private providers of finance to signpost businesses to a wide range of finance initiatives and products including grants, loans, equity and capital allowances. Dudley businesses are encouraged to speak to the team to discuss their plans and the finance opportunities available.

To discuss the finance opportunities available or book an appointment with one of our business support officers call us at 01384 812001 or email info@dudleybusinessfirst.org.uk.

British Business Bank

While there are many finance options available, the first step is understanding what they are, how they differ and which route is best for you and your business. This guide from the British Business Bank is a good place to start and will help you assess which finance route might deliver the outcome you require.

Growing priority sectors – grant finance

Aims to strengthen the capabilities of Black Country small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of new market opportunities by providing match funded grants to businesses with growth projects that cannot find adequate finance elsewhere. Expressions of Interest are being invited although limited funds remain.

MIN FUNDING - £50,000
MAX FUNDNG - £1,000,000

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Black Country transformational gold – grant finance

Small and medium sized enterprises in the Black Country that have been trading for more than two years may be eligible for a Black Country transformational gold grant. It offers small grants as a contribution towards transformative capital or revenue projects that will significantly boost growth.

MIN FUNDING £1,500
MAX FUNDING £9,000 – (Exceptional projects may be awarded more)

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Advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative West Midlands - loan and grant finance

Supports growth in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing sectors. Addresses perceived market failure by improving the competitiveness of supply chains to globally competitive levels.

MIN FUNDING £100,000
MAX FUNDING NO MAX

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Rail supply fund - loan and grant finance

The £20m fund provides access to affordable finance to increase the capability, competitiveness and productivity of businesses either operating in the rail supply sector or for businesses aiming to enter it through crossover products and services.

MINIMUM FUNDING: £500,000
MAXIMUM FUNDING: £2,000,000

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Black Country reinvestment society – loan finance

This loan fund has been especially designed to meet the needs of West Midland’s based businesses that are unable to get loans from traditional sources such as banks. A BCRS loan can be used for a wide range of projects including working capital, purchasing equipment, start-ups, recruitment and marketing.

MINIMUM FUNDING: £10,000
MAXIMUM FUNDING: £150,000

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Midlands engine investment fund – loan and equity

This fund aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to help realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise. It provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, debt finance, proof of concept and equity finance funds.

MINIMUM FUNDING: £25,000
MAXIMUM FUNDING: £2,000,000

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Start up loans – loan finance

For those of you with dreams to start and run your own business, the government-backed start up loan service might just be the break you’ve been looking for. Alongside the low-interest loan, successful applicants can access free mentoring from experienced advisers.

MINIMUM FUNDING: £500
MAXIMUM FUNDING: £25,000

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The carbon trust green business fund – grant finance

This fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

MAXIMUM FUNDING: Up to £25,000

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Innovation competitions – grant and loan

Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

The innovation funding services offers numerous competitions and opportunities for businesses to gain the funding they need to launch, build and grow successful businesses.

MINIMUM FUNDING: Variable on product
MAXIMUM FUNDING: Variable on product

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Corporation tax: the patent box – capital allowance

The patent cox enables companies to apply a lower rate of corporation tax to profits earned after 1 April 2013 from its patented inventions.

Find out how to apply a lower rate of corporation tax to profits earned from patented inventions and certain other innovations.

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