Useful Links – impartial information and support to businesses looking to raise finance which includes practical help guides – a site which provides individuals, businesses, charities and social enterprises with information to enable them to find a funding and loans from a CDFI (community development finance institutions) – a site which offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain – a helpful comparison of a range of services offered by different finance providers

Helpful Guides

Raising business finance:

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP is pleased to be a distributor of the new Business Finance Guide – a journey from start-up to growth, which sets out the main things to consider and outlines sources of finance available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies.

This unique guide, devised for businesses and advisers by the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty together with the British Business Bank, is supported by 21 major professional, membership and representative organisations.

It draws on the considerable expertise of its many contributors, who together represent more than a million members in businesses, finance providers, advisory firms and organisations.

The guide also includes several tools and ideas, as well as explanatory videos to help businesses consider their options, make decisions and plan how they will finance expansion.

The new guide can be accessed online at

You can also access the ultimate business loan guide 

Preparing Business Plans:

Fundraising Process

Example Business Plans:

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