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Funding in Dorset

Invest In Dorset

If you are looking for funding, please get in touch with any of the Invest in Dorset Team members and they will help you with your search and make sure you don’t miss out on any funding available. Click here to go to the Invest in Dorset website:- http://www.investindorset.co.uk/

To give you an idea of the type of funding available please have a look at the list below:

Start Up Loans for Dorset

Start Up Loans logo-topWThe Government has launched start up loans for people aged 18 to 30.

Key features:

– Loans are available for UK residents aged over 18, including students, and are
– Accessible to pre-starts and anyone who has a UK based business in its initial phase up to 24 months trading
– Available for all sectors
– Unsecured and generally available for £500 to £25,000
– The current interest rate is a flat 6%
– The period of loan can be 1 to 5 years and payment holidays are available with no set up fees

Loan enquires can be made online through  South West Investment Group

NatWest Business Loans

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South West Manufacturing Advisory service Ltd - SWMAS

At SWMAS we design and deliver programmes of support that enable ambitious businesses to increase their productivity, improve operational efficiency, develop skills and reach their growth potential.

We work directly with manufacturers, on the shop floor delivering improvement programmes and at board level developing and refining strategy. We provide consultancy services, run public funded programmes, deal with complex funding arrangements and support businesses to leverage UK and European funding for growth and innovation.

SWMAS teamOur work is supported by a team of specialists, many are recognised experts in their fields and all are experienced and passionate about the services we provide and the difference we make.

We have expertise in both manufacturing and business support programme design and implementation.



The Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme (LMAP) supports established manufacturing SMEs in the South West to understand and develop their capability and capacity to improve and grow. The programme offers a dedicated team of experienced Manufacturing Specialists with a broad range of expertise and resources.

Support available includes:

  • A free business review and diagnostic
  • Business Strategy
  • Operational Efficiency
  • New Product Development
  • Supply chain engagement
  • Funding for consultancy and capital investment
  • Free workshops and events

Working closely with the 6 local Growth Hubs across the South West and other regional and national support schemes, the programme will ensure that qualifying businesses receive the right help at the right time, with a brokered referral service.

If you would like to find out more about how SWMAS could support your business, please contact us.

The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered by SWMAS Ltd from April 2016 to March 2019.  The project is receiving £2.6m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. It will support around 700 SMEs including over 450 businesses receiving in-depth support and aims to create over 350 jobs in the South West and unlock £1.6m of private investment.

0845 608 3838  info@swmas.co.uk

Calls to our 0845 number cost 5p per minute, plus your phone provider’s access charge.


Innovation Voucher scheme

innovate-uk-logoInnovation Vouchers worth up to £5,000 can be used to pay for an external expert to help your business grow.

You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use design within your business. You can ask them to help you make the most of intellectual property (IP). You can also use Innovation Vouchers to buy time and support on specialist equipment or facilities.

Innovate UK can help you find and choose an expert from one of the following:

  • universities and further education colleges
  • research and technology institutes
  • technical consultancies and Catapult centres
  • design advisers
  • intellectual property advisers

For more information click on this link  :- https://vouchers.innovateuk.org/home

Angel Co Fund

Angel CoThe Angel Co Fund is a £100m investment fund with objectives to back promising UK businesses and help develop the important business angel investment market.

Launched in November 2011, the fund makes initial investments of between £100K and £1M, alongside syndicates of business angels in order to support high potential businesses and give them the capital they need to develop and propel growth.

Since launch the fund has invested and committed in excess of £24M, alongside a further £95M from business angels and other investors, providing support for 54 companies. The fund retains 100% follow-on capacity.

Further information on Angel Co Fund.

Enhanced Capital Allowances

CarbonTrustLogo_minThe ECA Scheme for Energy Saving Technologies encourages businesses to invest in energy-saving plant or machinery specified on the Energy Technology List (ETL) which is managed by the Carbon Trust on behalf of Government. The ECA scheme allows businesses to write off the whole cost of the equipment against taxable profits in the year of purchase. This can provide a cash flow boost and an incentive to invest in energy-saving equipment which normally carries a price premium when compared to less efficient alternatives. The ETL specifies the energy-saving technologies that are included in the ECA scheme.Further information on ECA Scheme.

HSBC Business Growth Fund

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A fund supporting projects and programmes that lever private sector investment creating economic growth and sustainable employment.HSBC is participating in the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF), a £2.4billion fund which will operate across England from 2011 to 2015.As a result, HSBC will receive £25million from the fund to support businesses that

  • have a turnover of less than €50million; and
  • are recruiting new employees or are safeguarding existing jobs; and
  • are purchasing new fixed assets such as machinery and vehicles.

 For more information please click on this link HSBC.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)

jcplogoNew Enterprise Allowance is available to Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants aged 18 and over who have been claiming for 26-weeks or more.New Enterprise Allowance could give you money and support to help you start your own business. You need to be receiving certain benefits and have a business idea that could work. Speak to your Jobcentre work coach – they will explain how the NEAscheme could help you. They will also tell you about the support volunteer business mentors offer in the early months of trading. More information on New Enterprise Allowance.

Princes Trust - Enterprise Programme

Princes trustThe Enterprise programme helps young people interested in self-employment to explore and test their ideas, write plans and start their own businesses, or achieve alternative outcomes in education, training, volunteering or work. More information on The Enterprise Programme.

Santander Breakthrough programme

logo_SANSantander’s innovative and flexible form of finance  could help your business grow without giving away control or significant equity.

From investing in new people or sales & marketing initiatives to research & development plans or strategic acquisitions, it can help fund your growth with £200 million worth of growth capital loans, which are structured to minimise the impact on your cash flow.

Santander is also making £100 million available to SME house builders through a combination of senior and mezzanine debt finance, providing the funds to help support business investment and job creation in this sector.

To qualify for a growth capital loan, your business must have a turnover of between £500,000 and £50 million per annum while posting annual growth of around 20% or more in a combination of turnover, profit or employment.

 More information on Santander Breakthrough Programme.

South West Investment Group

SWIG_logoSWIG Finance provides business loans to the South West. “We can say yes when the banks say no.”

Operating for more than 25 years, SWIG Finance is a not-for-profit organisation delivering loan finance across the South West region to small and medium sized enterprises which cannot access sufficient funding from the banks.

We can work alongside the banks and other funders to ensure our clients have the finance they need for the success of their business.

With finance sourced from both the public sector, via local authorities, European funds, central government and the private sector, we invest loan finance from our offices in Truro and Bristol into South West businesses which are either just starting up or seeking to grow and need funds to get things moving.

See the business loan funds available through SWIG.

More information on South West Investment Group.

RDPE Growth Programme

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RDPE Growth Programme

Grant funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy – what is available and how to apply.

Click here for more detail on the Gov.uk website and downloads the manuals:-