Finance & Funding – Government Grants for Small Business Start Ups

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Finding the right finance and funding opportunities for your business is vital to supporting growth.

Once you know how much financial support you’re going to need, you can begin to explore the options with our trusted guidance. A good place to start is by estimating the amount it will take to run your business for the year. This will help you assess your borrowing requirements.

You should take into account:

  • How much funding you will need
  • Your financial forecast
  • Whether you can utilise personal assets

Once you have assessed these aspects, there are several key funding routes available. Many businesses choose to take advantage of grants and loans. For small business start-ups, grants can be an important part of the funding mix, and they’re relatively easy to come by if you know where to look. There are a number of organisations willing to help you understand which opportunities are best suited to your development plans, which can be found here.

Alternatively, crowd-funding, angel investment, and invoice factoring are excellent developmental steps and reliable financial support methods.

Whichever route you choose to support your business, we’ve put together a simple guide to help you navigate the multitude of planning and advice available.

Planning & Advice

Whether you’re just starting up or looking to expand your business, planning is key to maximising your financial support.

  • Find out why a business plan is critical to your success here
  • Watch Young Entrepreneurs’ video guide to writing a one-page business plan here
  • Find out about budgeting for a new business here

If you would like support or help, get in touch with our friendly advisors: we can schedule a meeting or call to discuss your options and provide free unbiased advice to help you succeed and grow.

A good place to start is by estimating the amount it will take to run your business for the year. This will help you assess your borrowing requirements.

Once you know how much financial support you’re going to need, you can begin to explore the options.

 

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Chris George<br />
Growth Hub Manager

Chris George

Growth Hub Manager

Chris is an experienced professional with over 30 years knowledge and experience in sales and marketing in the public sector along with 15 years working for two mainstream automotive manufacturers in the sub 10,000 fleet. Delivered sustainable change in a vast range of industries, whilst constantly updating and developing core competencies and knowledge.

Working in the Local Authority sector for the last 15 years has resulted in Chris turning around failing territories to becoming some of the best performing areas in the country, with excellent stakeholder engagement and a passion for premium delivery. Outside of work, Chris is a keen gardener, and also likes property restoration and reading.

Ashleigh Jackson<br />
Growth Hub Business Advisor

Ashleigh Jackson

Growth Hub Business Advisor

A proven senior influencer and sales professional with more than 25 years’ experience in brand building and driving category growth within the private sector.

“I have a strong research background, alongside vast experience in sponsorship and corporate events management.

My work has initiated good working partnerships with many Local Authorities across Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and London. I have also worked with many multi-national brands including KPMG, Barclays, EasyJet, Kingston Smith LLP, London Stansted Airport, Morgan Sindall and Heineken. I’m proud to be able to enhance on the work we do here at the CPCA Growth Hub and build on many success stories.

Away from the business, health and fitness is important to me, being in the great outdoors, and enjoying fun times and relaxation with family and friends”.

Stuart Thomas<br />
Growth Hub Business Advisor

Stuart Thomas

Growth Hub Business Advisor

Stuart is a former small business owner and former Business Link Advisor and has also worked as a project manager for an international IT company, overseeing a large number of IT projects for large corporate enterprises, as well as large public sector organisations.

Stuart has served as a director for an international timber trading company and has also been a director of a local independent radio station, where he mentored a number of new staff. Prior to this he spent time as a secondary school teacher, teaching IT and business studies at both GCSE and A level.

Liana Sannah Growth Hub Business Analyst

Liana Sannah

Growth Hub Business Analyst

Liana is an experienced professional with over 15 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant. Liana has previously been employed by Warner bros, Daily Mirror, Aviva and AXA. These roles have given her a wide range of skills and in a vast range of industries.

Liana has been working in the Local Authority sector for almost three years, as a Growth hub advisor and producing the Monthly BEIS report. In her leisure time, Liana enjoys cooking, interior design and watching movies.