Finance


Finance is clearly a key consideration in supporting any export initiative. Therefore, in addition to the services listed in the International Support Service section, we provide here links to a number of institutions providing finance related services to British enterprises.


Banks
ABN AMRO Commercial Finance
ABN AMRO Commercial Finance is a leading cross border Asset Based Lender, operating in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
AIB Commercial Finance Ltd
For over 22 years Allied Irish Bank, p.l.c. have been providing customers with a solution to this challenge through their confidential Invoice Discounting offering.
Bank of Ireland UK PLC
Part of the Bank of Ireland Group, Commercial Finance has been offering a full range of cash-flow related finance solutions to suit small, medium and large corporate businesses for over 25 years.
Barclays Trade and Working Capital UK & Ireland
Barclays Trade and Working Capital has over 250 product experts based across the UK & Ireland who understand the local economy and the challenges facing businesses.
BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd
Receivables finance and asset-based lending, acquisition finance and MBOs, multi-currency facilities, order/supplier finance and EDI facilities.
CaixaBank SA UK Branch
As a branch of one of Spain’s largest banks, CaixaBank SA UK Branch can provide you with the access and support to a variety of working capital tools across the UK, Spain, and CaixaBank´s international Branch network.
Danske Bank - Export Finance
Development Bank of Wales
Flexible finance for businesses based in Wales from £1,000 up to £5 million. Loans and equity. Secured and unsecured.
HSBC - Export Finance
Leumi ABL Ltd
Leumi ABL provides invoice finance, stock finance, plant & machinery finance and term loans. We take the time to fully understand a clients needs enabling us to offer a flexible, personal approach via well structure multi-facility deals.
Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Ltd
Borrowing for your business: Whatever business opportunities or challenges you face; we have finance solutions to help you thrive. Helping you choose the right finance, at the right time. Whether you’re an established business or just starting out, finding the right finance product to meet your needs can be difficult. At Lloyds Bank, we want to make it simple for you to compare and choose our products, whatever your business circumstances.
Metro Bank Asset & Invoice Finance
In addition to a strong retail offering, commercial customers are offered a growing range of services to complement a relationship-driven offering, including invoice and asset finance and point-of-sale merchant services.
Paragon Bank Business Finance PLC
Paragon Bank Business Finance (PBBF) is a market leader in asset based finance and invoice finance having never lost a client over a service failing.
Santander Invoice Finance
We provide a range of working capital solutions tailored to our customers' needs and requirements, as we understand that one size never fits all.
Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance
Provides finance of between £500k and £30m across all asset classes and for a variety of situations such as growth, refinance, acquisitions, restructure, MBOs and MBIs.
Shawbrook Bank Ltd
Invoice Discounting is our core facility, adding stock, plant & machinery, property and cash flow to secure higher levels of working capital. We are not as prescriptive as traditional lenders and indeed pride ourselves on structuring deals that work for all parties.
Ulster Bank Invoice Finance
As a market leader in Invoice Finance we provide solutions for companies with annual turnover from EUR500,000 upwards working across a spectrum of industries.
Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Wells Fargo Capital Finance provides comprehensive asset-based lending, supply chain finance, and technology finance to a wide spectrum of companies across the UK.

Debt Collection Services
Access Credit Management
As a leading Credit Management Company, we offer many years of experience in dealing with slow paying debtors and have established a reputation for securing and recovering outstanding commercial debt from around the world.
Brookes Bates Partnership LLP
Established in 1987 we specialise in the provision of worldwide debt recovery services providing professional solutions to the problem of unpaid accounts and overdue ledgers.
CCI Credit Management Ltd
Compliance is at the core of everything we do. The standards we have achieved are a true measure of the seriousness we treat our obligations to you and your customers. Our dedicated compliance team’s rigorous audit programme ensures that our international partners work to UK standards, allowing compliant collections worldwide.
Credebt
We extend our services to the Insolvency profession, the Invoice Finance industry, other Charge-holders and companies in turnaround; run by industry professionals with offices in Bristol, Manchester and London and covering the whole of the UK.
CreditManUK
A directory and resource portal for all business credit management needs.
Credit Services Association (CSA)
We are the UK trade association for the debt collection and debt purchase industry.

Finance Houses
365 Business Finance
Our unsecured cash advances, offer a fast and flexible business finance solution for companies looking to raise between £5,000 and £200,000 in unsecured capital, today. Repayments are based on your card sales, which means you only pay us back when you sell to your customers.
Capify
We started Capify in 2008 when many small and medium businesses were struggling to navigate the global financial crisis. We think it’s wrong that many great UK businesses were, and still are unable to thrive due to the lack of funding available to them. We believe in listing to businesses and providing them with a funding option which meets their needs in a simple and responsible way.
Finance For Enterprise
Finance For Enterprise is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, established for over 30 years providing loan funding and advice to new start, early stage and established businesses across South Yorkshire, North Midlands and Lincolnshire. Providin
Finance & Leasing Association (FLA)
The Finance & Leasing Association is the leading trade body for the asset, consumer and motor finance sectors in the UK, and the largest organisation of its kind in Europe.
Funding Circle
We connect creditworthy businesses looking for finance with people and organisations with money to lend. Our platform is more efficient and transparent than traditional lending, and we believe it’s a better system for everyone.
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds.
UK Finance
UK Finance represents nearly 300 of the leading firms providing finance, banking, markets and payments-related services in or from the UK. UK Finance has been created by combining most of the activities of the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association.

Finance Organisations
Bank of England - Banking Supervision
We supervise banks, building societies, credit unions, major investment firms and insurers to judge whether they are complying with our policies.
Financial Conduct Authority
The Financial Conduct Authority is the conduct regulator for nearly 60,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential supervisor for 49,000 firms, setting specific standards for 19,000 firms.
Scottish Financial Enterprise
Of Scottish Financial Enterprise’s banks and building societies members nine have their UK headquarters in Scotland (HSBC being the only exception). Between them our member companies in this sector employ a workforce of over 47,000 in Scotland.
UK Finance
UK Finance is the collective voice for the banking and finance industry. Representing almost 300 firms across the industry, we act to enhance competitiveness, support customers and facilitate innovation. We work for and on behalf of our members to promote a safe, transparent and innovative banking and finance industry. We offer research, policy expertise, thought leadership and advocacy in support of our work. We provide a single voice for a diverse and competitive industry. Our operational activity enhances members’ own services in situations where collective industry action adds value.

Financial Advice
Alternative Business Funding
We provide a free and easy way for SMEs to find a vast array of funding choices. We are focused on making it simple for time-constrained business-owners to find the right sources of finance, with only a few simple questions required to use the site. ABF funding partners cover the high street banks and the vast majority of the alternative business funding market with more joining the collaboration all the time.
Better Business Finance
Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow; whether the business is seeking finance, or starting out or exporting abroad, BBF is here to help.
BizBritain
You can apply to us for a government funded start up loan of up to £25,000. When you apply for a start up loan with BizBritain, we will help you to build your business plan and refine your loan application in order to give you the best chances of being successful.
Businessfinancing.co.uk
Businessfinancing.co.uk is a business finance and lending research and information website publisher. We are not a lender, bank, broker and/or other financial institution and as such we are not authorised or regulated by the FCA to offer financial advice. We can't recommend any of the products and/or services featured on the site. Companies are ranked in no particular order and higher ranking does not imply one company is better than another. We work with FCA authorised and regulated firms who may pay us a commission for referring you to them but this has no impact on our content and helps keep this website free to use.
FundingNav
We are not accountants but experienced entrepreneurs with multi-industry track records. We help our clients compete on even terms both for funding and for marketing and nowadays the two are often synonymous. Our team prides itself on delivering real results measured in actual cash to businesses that have often failed to find support elsewhere.
GovGrant
GovGrant is here to make sure that innovation is recognised and receives the full range of available government funding. Our expertise will help you claim R&D tax relief, Patent Box incentives and capital allowances tax relief.
GRANTFinder
Whether you are a local authority, business, or charity, when it comes to delivering projects there is one common factor – funding is the key to success. We give organisations the tools to unlock their potential, saving you time and resource along the way. Our mission is to support innovative and vital projects that can only become fully realised through extra funding. We provide support to organisations seeking to increase their funding success, to develop opportunities to participate in partnership bids, and to increase their income with external funding.
KTN
The world we live in faces ever-changing societal, environmental and economic challenges, which are felt regionally, nationally and also globally. At KTN our mission is to connect ideas, people and communities to respond to these challenges and drive positive change through innovation. Our diverse connections span business, government, funders, research and the third sector.
Newable
In order to thrive, businesses need loans and/or equity investment, advice and workspaces. Therefore, Newable has four main pillars – Lending, Investing, Advice and Property – united by a common goal of developing and delivering the high quality products and services to meet these needs. A central team providing core services of finance, HR and marketing supports each pillar.
SME For Growth
The UK’s No. 1 video resource site for small and medium sized enterprises – bringing the latest news and relevant information in convenient bite size pieces – videos, articles and interviews all aimed at helping you to grow your business.
Swoop
Simple, secure and speedy. Access the money and services you need to grow your business. Swoop’s service features a selection of providers from whom we receive commission.
The Business Finance Guide
Discover the funding options available to you at every stage in your business journey.

FX Services
AFEX Ltd
AFEX is a trusted global payment and risk management solutions specialist with a heritage that dates back to 1979. We offer a comprehensive range of global payment and foreign exchange services, including Foreign Currency Drafts, Wire Transfers, risk management tools and designated Account Executives.
Ebury
We believe that in order for businesses to prosper and grow there needs to be as few boundaries as possible. Since 2009, our foreign exchange solutions have been working across all industries, and removing global financial barriers many organisations face.
HiFX
Moneycorp
We can save you money whether you need to send thousands halfway around the world or take a few hundred on holiday.
Smart Currency Business
We help thousands of companies manage risk and avoid huge losses due to adverse currency market fluctuations.
TransferWise
WorldFirst

Government Sources
Bond Support Scheme
Under the Bond Support Scheme UK Export Finance provides partial guarantees to banks in support of UK exports. Where a bank issues a contract bond (or indemnifies an overseas bank providing the bond) in respect of a UK export contract, we can typically gu
British Business Bank
Our aim is to make finance markets work better for small businesses in the UK at all stages of their development: starting up, scaling up and staying ahead.
Export Growth Plan
Government launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic.
Innovate UK
We are the UK's innovation agency. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.
InvestNI
As the regional business development agency, Invest NI's role is to grow the local economy. We do this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.
Isle of Man Micro Business Grant Scheme
The Micro Business Grant Scheme has been designed to give budding entrepreneurs and small start-ups the necessary training, funding and mentoring to get their business off the ground. IMPORTANT NOTE: FROM 1 JANUARY 2020 THE MINIMUM TURNOVER REQUIREMENT INCREASED FROM £5,000 TO £15,000
Scottish Investment Bank
We help companies to identify appropriate sources of finance, engage with funders and secure the investment they need to grow their business. We operate across Scotland in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Because our work supports and stimulates the SME funding market in Scotland, what we do supports the delivery of the Scottish Enterprise business plan.
The Development Bank of Wales
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government. It is here to enable the Welsh Government to deliver its policy objectives across Wales. On the one hand, it will serve Welsh businesses, giving them the capital they need to start up, strengthen and grow. On the other hand, it will serve Welsh Government, by directing public funds to where they can have most impact – on a larger scale, at a faster speed, and in a sustainable way.
The Export Working Capital Scheme (EWCS)
Find out about the Export Working Capital Scheme - how it works, which lenders are participating and how to apply.
The Start Up Loans Company
We’re a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and deliver the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.
UK Export Finance
Our mission is to ensure no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance, while operating at no net cost to the taxpayer.

Insurance
British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA)
The British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) is the UK 's leading general insurance organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.
Euler Hermes
Offering: Credit Insurance, Debt Collection and Bonding to UK SMEs.
Lloyd's
The world's specialist insurance market.
Lloyd's Market Association
The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) represents the interests of the Lloyd's community, providing professional and technical support to our members.
London and International Insurance Brokers' Association (LMBC)
Representing Lloyd’s (Re)Insurance Brokers. The trade association representing the interests of Lloyd’s insurance and reinsurance brokers operating in the London and international markets.
The British Insurance Brokers' Association
The British Insurance Brokers' Association is the UK's leading general insurance intermediary organisation.
TT Club
The world’s leading transport and logistics insurer. TT Club has single-mindedly served the international transport and logistics community since 1968, evolving alongside the industry to provide the highest quality comprehensive cover.
UK Finance
UK Finance represents nearly 300 of the leading firms providing finance, banking, markets and payments-related services in or from the UK. UK Finance has been created by combining most of the activities of the Asset Based Finance Association, the British

Professional Organisations
Association of Accounting Technicians, The
We’re a professional membership body, and we award skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications.
Association of Average Adjusters
Average Adjusters are experts in marine insurance and law, who may be appointed by any party in a marine claim or dispute. Irrespective of the identity of the instructing party, the Average Adjuster is bound to act in an impartial and independent manner.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, The
We're the world's most forward-thinking professional accountancy body. We believe that accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper, which is why we work all over the world to build the profession and make society fairer and more transparent. We have more than 227,000 fully qualified members and 544,000 future members.
Association of Consulting Actuaries
The Association is the largest national grouping of consulting actuaries in the World and is a full member of the International Actuarial Association.
Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)
ACT is the only professional treasury body with a Royal Charter. We set the global benchmark for treasury excellence and lead the profession through our internationally recognised qualifications, by defining standards and by championing continuing professional development. We are the authentic voice of the treasury profession.
Association of Independent Medical Accountants (AISMA)
Established for two decades, the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants only recruits members with a proven track record of advising on the accounting, finance, taxation, practice management and pension issues affecting doctors today.
Association of Insurance and Risk Managers
Airmic is the association for everyone who has a responsibility for risk management or insurance in their organisation.
Association of Insurance and Risk Managers
Airmic is the association for everyone who has a responsibility for risk management or insurance in their organisation.
Association of International Accountants
The Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a leading professional body for accountants and finance professionals with a long-standing reputation for excellence in professional education and a dynamic global membership.
Association of Investment Companies
The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) was founded in 1932 to represent the interests of the investment trust industry – the oldest form of collective investment. Today, the AIC represents a broad range of investment companies, incorporating investment trusts, VCTs and other closed-end funds.
Association of Lloyd's Members (ALM)
ALM Represents Private Investors at Lloyd’s.
Association of Practising Accountants (APA)
Our members are all well established and independent firms with all the resources and services you need to help you achieve your goals. But what really distinguishes APA members is their high degree of commitment, personal service and active partner involvement in the areas where it counts.
Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
ATT is a charity and the leading professional body for those providing UK tax compliance services. We have over 9,000 members and Fellows, together with over 5,000 students. Members and Fellows use the practising title 'Taxation Technician' or 'Taxation Technician (Fellow)' respectively.
British Insurance Brokers' Association
The British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) is the UK 's leading general insurance organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.
Building Societies Association
We provide our members with information to help them run their businesses, and we represent their interests to a wide range of audiences including regulators, the government, parliament, the media, other opinion formers and the general public.
Chartered Banker Institute
The Chartered Banker Institute is the largest professional body for bankers in the UK, with more than 30,000 members. Our impact and influence continues to grow, with members and students in over 100 countries worldwide. We are proud to be oldest banking institute in the world, and proud to be the only organisation in the world
Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA)
CFA UK is a professional membership body representing 11,000 investment professionals in the UK that promotes the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence in the profession, in order to serve society’s best interest. CFA UK is part of the worldwide network of member societies of CFA Institute, the global, not-for-profit ..........
Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
The leading professional body for securities, investment, wealth and financial planning professionals. Formed in 1992 by London Stock Exchange practitioners, we have a global community of circa 45,000 members in over 100 countries and last year more than 40,000 CISI exams were sat in 81 countries, 15,000 taken outside the UK.
Chartered Institute of Credit Management, The (CICM)
CICM is the largest recognised professional body in the world for the credit management community.
Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF)
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We champion our members’ excellence in fundraising. We support fundraisers through professional development and education. We connect fundraisers across all sectors and skill sets to share and learn with each other. So that together we can ...........
Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors is the only professional association for internal auditors in the UK and Ireland. We’ve been running since 1948 and are headquartered in Clapham.
Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, The (CILA)
CILA is a globally recognised membership organisation for claims professionals. The Institute sets the professional and ethical standards for those who work in the handling of claims through its qualification framework and guide to professional conduct.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The (CIMA)
CIMA founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. CIMA helps individuals and businesses to succeed by harnessing the full power of management accounting – not just accounting for the balance sheet, but accounting for business.
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, The (CIPP)
The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) is the Chartered Institute for payroll, pensions and reward professionals in the UK. With more than 9,500* individuals benefitting from the CIPP’s membership benefits, support and education services, the Institute is dedicated to raising the profile of payroll in businesses across the UK
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, The (CIPFA)
CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body in the world exclusively dedicated to public finance. CIPFA is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and ......
Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
The CIOT is the leading body in the UK for taxation professionals dealing with all aspects of taxation. Our primary purpose is to promote education in taxation. One of our key aims is to achieve a more efficient and less complex tax system for all. Our comments and recommendations on tax issues are made solely in order to achieve this aim.
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
We are a professional body dedicated to building public trust in the insurance and financial planning profession. Our strapline Standards. Professionalism. Trust. embodies our commitment to driving confidence in the power of professional standards: competence, integrity and care for the customer. We deliver that commitment through .............
Credit Protection Association
CPA provides Business Owners and Credit Managers with all that is needed to work effectively; credit information – debt recovery and credit protection. Our aim is to develop these services still further to meet changing market needs.
Credit Services Association
We are the only National Association in the UK for companies active in the debt collection and purchase industry.
Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA)
The IPA is a membership organisation for insolvency practitioners and those in insolvency-related work. The IPA licenses and regulates Insolvency Practitioners under insolvency and anti-money laundering regulations, and works to raise professional standards through professional training, benchmarking, networking, best practice sharing
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
IFoA is the UK's only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based both in the UK and internationally.
Institute of Asset Management
The Institute of Asset Management (the IAM) is the international professional body for asset management professionals. The IAM develops asset management knowledge and best practice, and generates awareness of the benefits of the asset management discipline for the individual, organisations and wider society.
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
ICB is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world. It promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession through the establishment of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of membership that recognise academic attainment, working experience and competence.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
There are more than 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world and 186,500 of them are members and students of ICAEW. They are talented, ethical and committed professionals, which is why all of the top 100 Global Brands employ chartered accountants. ICAEW promotes inclusivity, diversity and fairness. We attract talented
Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA)
Established in 1916, the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) is an internationally recognised professional accountancy membership body. We are a full member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) the global accounting standard-setter and regulator.
Institutional Money Market Funds Association
The trade association which represents the European money market fund industry.
International Association of Bookkeepers
A membership organisation and awarding body providing qualifications in bookkeeping, payroll and finance to over 10,000 members worldwide. Our aim is simple – raising the bar of bookkeeping both in the UK and abroad – by creating a global community of aspirational, entrepreneurial, highly-qualified and successful bookkeepers and ..........
Investment Association
We’re the trade body and industry voice for UK investment managers. Our members range from small, independent UK investment firms to Europe-wide and global players. Collectively, they manage over £8.5 trillion of assets on behalf of their clients in the UK and around the world. That is 13% of the £67 trillion global assets under .......
National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers
NACFB was formed in the belief that the establishment of measurable standards of proper professional practice in sourcing commercial funding was in the best interests of its SME customers, and vital to the integrity and future well-being of the industry.
National Pawnbrokers Association
The NPA is a fast growing membership organisation which helps to promote pawnbroking best practice.
Pensions Management Institute (PMI)
For more than 40 years, the UK’s leading pension schemes and providers have relied on the PMI to provide the strategic insights they need to build and promote excellence within the industry, as well as to sustain their competitive advantage. Get in touch to find out how you can get involved.
Society of Pension Consultants, The
The Society of Pension Professionals is the representative body for a wide range of providers of advice and services to work-based pension schemes and their sponsors.
TheCityUK
TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services, an industry that contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output, is the largest tax payer and employs 1 in 14 people across the country – two thirds of whom are based outside London. It is also the biggest exporting industry, ........
Trade Association of British Umbrella Companies (TABUC)
TABUC was created with the main objective to ensure a compliant, level playing field in the industry for all. Providing industry specific support and guidance to our members. Our focus will be on building trusting relationship with our members, recruitment agencies, end clients and the UK’s regulatory bodies promoting the use of compliant ...........
UK Finance
UK Finance is the collective voice for the banking and finance industry. We are a trade body representing more than 250 firms across the industry. We do not regulate firms operating in the finance and banking sector or mediate in disputes with companies, and we cannot provide legal or financial advice. We regret that we cannot help with ........
Women in Banking and Finance
WIBF is a not for profit membership network that has championed women in financial services for over 40 years. Our vision is a financial services sector which offers women equal opportunities as employees, customers, and entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and to contribute to building better businesses and places to work for all.

Trade Finance
Advantedge Commercial Finance Ltd
Advantedge specialise in the provision of cash flow solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. If you have ambitious plans to grow your business, our funding solutions are here to meet the needs of your business. Established in 2001, our business has grown to become one of the leading privately-owned invoice finance companies in the UK with offices in Oxfordshire, Manchester and Scotland.
ArchOver Ltd
Companies that borrow over the ArchOver platform are UK-based, have been trading for a minimum of two years, and are seeking a minimum loan of £250,000. They must have an established management team and a proven business model based on trading business-to-business. Loans are for any business purpose, typically raising working capital, replacing invoice discounting or bank overdrafts. Loans are fixed term, for a fixed amount and at a fixed rate of interest.
Bibby Financial Services Ltd
We are driven by strong client relationships, close client contact and market insight. Our relationship-based approach to supporting businesses means that we get to know you so that we can tailor our support to your current and future needs.
Close Brothers
Unlock up to 90% of the value of your unpaid invoices the moment they are raised.
Crown Commercial Service
Supplier Early Payment Solutions. Suppliers can choose early payment in exchange for a discount against their invoice. The payment date and discount amount can be dynamically related.
Ebury
We believe that in order for businesses to prosper and grow there needs to be as few boundaries as possible. Since 2009, our foreign exchange solutions have been working across all industries, and removing global financial barriers many organisations face. - Trade Finance: Reduce your cash flow gap. Our lending solution provides you with credit to help finance your international trade, whether you are an importer, exporter or both.
Funding Options
Funding Options has been chosen by the government-owned British Business Bank to help businesses like yours find finance when they’re unsuccessful with the major banks.
GapCap Ltd
We provide SMEs with Selective Invoice Finance (SIF) which allows businesses to choose if and when they finance their invoice(s) without entering into a contract.
Gener8Finance Ltd
As well as offering a range of confidential and disclosed invoice finance products, we specialise in providing confidential invoice finance facilities to smaller, growing businesses along with a transparent, fixed fee pricing structure.
Hitachi Capital (UK) plc Invoice Finance
One of the fastest-growing providers of invoice finance in the UK offering a range of award-winning, flexible and affordable finance solutions to help businesses achieve growth.
IGF: Independent Growth Finance Ltd
A leading independent commercial finance provider with a national presence. We have a strong entrepreneurial culture and know what it takes to build and grow a successful business. We understand that SMEs rarely stand still. Neither do we.
Investec Capital Solutions Ltd
Working capital is the lifeblood of your company. We recognise that businesses need funding at different points of the buying and sales cycle and want a straightforward end-to-end solution. In response, Investec has developed the Flexible Trading Account – a single, multifaceted finance solution that supports your business by providing working capital to optimise your cashflow throughout the trading cycle.
MarketFinance
Business Finance Made Easy. Control your cash flow with a fee and interest-free CBILS Loan or Revolving Credit Facility. At MarketFinance, our vision is for entrepreneurs to have the time to build the world we all want to live in. That’s why we’re making it quick and easy to get funding through our invoice finance and business loans. So entrepreneurs can get on with growing their business, instead of having to worry about cash flow. We’re here to unlock the endless possibilities that arise when entrepreneurs have time to focus on what they love.
Merchant's Transaction Finance Ltd
MTF helps UK and International companies who import and export goods to get access to trade finance and expertise to help businesses grow. We are a specialist provider of Trade Finance facilities targeted at small and medium sized businesses with turnover of typically up to £10m per annum.
Nucleus Commercial Finance Ltd
We work with the leading Banks, Corporate Finance houses, Accountants and Brokers to provide finance for growing businesses with revenue of up to £100 million. Irrespective of the sector, we can provide a fast, flexible and responsive service that provides the finance SMEs need.
Pulse Cashflow Finance Ltd
A leading provider of invoice finance solutions to businesses looking to access a fast and flexible source of finance to realise their business plans.
Regency Factors PLC
We are an independent plc currently serving over 200 companies nationwide - from dynamic start-ups to established multi-billion pound businesses.
Siemens Financial Services Ltd
Our invoice finance facilities are tailor made and utilise market leading IT to deliver access up to 90% of your sales ledger. We are a highly experienced team that understands your funding needs with all funding decisions made in the UK.
Team Factors Ltd
An independent funder who provide factoring and back-office solutions primarily to the SME market. Our core strength is our size; it enables us to provide fast and flexible solutions that suit our client's needs rather than having them to conform to ours.
Time Finance
Innovative funding solutions are vital to the growth of UK businesses and at times the traditional banks may not be able to help. Here at Time Finance, our aim is to support these businesses through the provision of a broad portfolio of finance solutions, designed to meet the unique needs of businesses today. When it comes to Asset Finance, Invoice Finance, Loans or Vehicle Finance, Time Finance can fund your business or arrange funding with our trusted partners to satisfy your requirements.
TradeRiver
TradeRiver provides UK businesses with an unsecured line of revolving trade finance to fund purchases of goods or services within 24 hours, both worldwide and in the UK. Facilities can vary from £100,000 up to £5million or more.
Ultimate Finance
We’re different: As an independent lender, backed by international private investment organisation, the Tavistock Group, we take a dynamic approach to lending. We’re solution-led: Expertise coupled with flexible funding. We deliver what businesses need. We’re committed: A dedicated team that values long-term relationships. We make life easier.

Venture Capital
Accel Partners
Accel is one of the big boys in venture capital, they invest into what they call ‘category-defining technology companies’ and who can argue with that given their impressive portfolio including Spotify, Facebook & Etsy.
Advent Venture Partners
Advent target tech & life sciences businesses in Europe. They’re looking for proven models focused on revenue growth. They’ve had some pretty chunky exits to date and really like to add value beyond just cash.
Albion Ventures
Founded in January 2009, Albion Ventures is one of UK’s biggest independent VC investors, with about £275m across six different VC trusts. The group boasts an investment portfolio of over 90 companies, including everything from tech-centric startups to service and asset-based companies. They usually aim to go from the agreed term sheet and investment contracts to completing the process in 6 weeks.
Altitude Partners
Altitude is a specialist regional investor, with a limited focus on businesses thriving in Southern England. They have no stringent criteria when it comes to their investee’s current stage and success, although they do look for some level of defensibility, stable management teams and high qualities of earnings. They don’t discriminate against any particular sector, but don’t invest in start-up businesses or small management buy-ins.
Amadeus Capital Partners
Amadeus Capital Partners are a London-based venture capital firm specialising in every form of backing; from seed to venture buyout for the technology market. They invest in all most forms of technology, including healthcare, resource efficiency and clean-tech.
Angel Investment Network
Connecting UK Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors. Where great businesses and great people meet. We bring together businesses looking for investment and investors with the capital, contacts and knowledge to help them succeed.
Anthemis Group
Anthemis Group is a venture investment and advisory firm, focused on startups trying to reinvent the financial sector for the digital world. The team has invested worldwide, most notably within UK and Europe, for a current total tally of 31 companies. They limit their investments to a variety of FinTech sectors, including retail and corporate banking, consumer finance, payments, insurance and risk management and more.
Arts Alliance
Arts Alliance is a V.C. firm that has been around since 1996, investing in film, online advertising and online marketing.
Atomico
Atomico is a growth stage international investment firm, founded by the co-founder of Skype.
Augmentum Capital
Augmentum Capital was formed in London in 2009 where Jacob Rothschild and family were substantial investors. They typically back early and late stage ventures, but want to stay with the business for as long as possible.
Balderton Capital
Balderton is one of the leading VC firms in Europe and focusses mainly on eCommerce, consumer internet and software. Since the year 2000 they’ve made over 100 investments, so are very active. They like to be the first institutional investor and then support with follow-on funding.
Ballpark Ventures
Ballpark Ventures are a small, personal London-based investment fund that invest their own money into seed and early-stage start ups. Primarily focusing on media, retail and technology, given their expertise in the field(s).
Beacon Capital
Beacon Capital previously known as AngelLab, Beacon’s main focus is on B2B, SaaS-based business models. Typically reluctant to get invest outside of their core themes, they’ll do so only if there’s an ‘exceptionally strong reason to do so’. Interestingly enough, apart from the company’s ability to demonstrate traction, they also expect the CTO to be a significant stakeholder in the company if they are to get involved.
Bridges Fund Management (Formerly Bridges Ventures)
Bridges Fund Management is a privately owned investment company where all funds go into businesses looking to achieve social and/or environmental goals alongside returns for investors. They run 3 separate funds, one for property, one for social enterprises and another for sustainable growth.
British Business Angels Association (BBAA)
The national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors. Business angels in the UK collectively invest an estimated £1.5 billion per annum and are therefore the UK’s largest source of investment for startups and early-stage businesses seeking to grow.
British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK.
British Venture Capital Association
The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK.
Business Growth Fund
Business Growth Fund is a Birmingham based business, with typical black country ideals. Investing primarily in growth and the potential of growth across the entire UK, with offices in 7 Major cities. As well as having a member of the board actively participate in your company when they invest.
Conduit Ventures
With offices in both London and Shanghai, Conduit Ventures manage two separate funds and sources most of their capital from industrial groups, institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds.
Connection Capital
Connection Capital look to invest in UK companies with strong management teams that are already in profit. They’ve backed all sorts of companies from gyms to online businesses.
Connect ventures
Connect Ventures is an early-stage VC firm helping founders built product-centric startups, from finding the right market fit to scaling their efforts. They limit their investments on their own areas of expertise, which include mobile, Internet and digital media businesses.
Crescent Capital
Originally founded in 1996, the Crescent Capital focuses on empowering Northern Ireland-based companies, predominantly those operating within the IT, manufacturing and life science sectors.
Dawn Capital
Dawn invests in tech companies looking to create brand new markets or be the first to disrupt existing ones. Dawn is super ‘hands on’ and bring a lot of experience to the table covering a range of different markets.
Delta Partners
Delta Partners targets early stage technology and MedTech companies. They’re pretty active and have made over 90 investments since they came onto the scene in 1994. Delta is very team focused.
DFJ Esprit
DFJ Espirit wants to invest in companies that can become leaders in an attractive market. Their main focus is across electronics, software, internet, MedTech, mobile over a massive geographical area
DN Capital
DN capital invests in digital media, e-commerce, software and mobile applications. DN utilise the network effect and leverage their extensive global network to help catapult your business forwards.
Doughty Hanson Technology Fund
Daughty Hanson Technology Fund is a private equity firm, with bases all across Europe. Investing in technology, manufacturing and internet based commerce. With over 26 years of experience in the field of venture capitalism and private equity.
EC1 Capital
EC1 Capital invest in mobile and web technology companies. They invest across the full spectrum including Seed, Bridging and Series A. They also have these awesome Open Office hours, where anybody can book a slot to pitch or get advice.
EcoMachines Ventures
EcoMachines Ventures is a London-based VC fund that makes seed and follow-on investments in innovative pan-European B2B hardware companies.
Eight Roads Ventures (Formerly Fidelity Growth Partners Europe)
Eight Roads are looking for fast growing European tech businesses with aspirations of greatness. They want companies with an addressable market size in excess of €100m growing 20% year on year and they require you to have substantial revenue.
Entrepreneurs Fund
Entrepreneurs Fund is a €240,000,000 fund who invest in all forms of technology and life sciences business’ at all stages of a companies life.
Episode1
Episode1 is a no-frills investor focusing on seed and early stage investment. It is one of the UK Government’s Enterprise Capital Funds – set up to support fund managers who invest in small, high-growth, software-driven businesses.
Forward Partners
Forward Partners is a relatively new VC team established in late 2013 and based in London. That being said, they’ve already invested in some pretty exciting companies. Forward partners specialise in helping eCommerce platforms dominate their niche.
Frog Capital
Frog Capital is a London-based firm (formerly Foursome) investing in IT, Digital Media & Resource Efficiency. Only in growth-stage companies where the growth is likely to generate ≥40%, specialising in rapid growth and assisting your company to get there.
Frontline Ventures
Frontline Ventures is a London and Dublin-based early-stage fund with a focus on seed and Series A internet/software companies.
Google Ventures Europe
Google Ventures Europe provide seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to the companies that they deem the best, and not just worthy investments. With such an obvious company affiliate, they provide said companies unrivalled support in most aspects of running their business.
Howzat Partners
Index are massive players in the investment world. They’ve invested in companies like Facebook, Just Eat and SoundButt so they know what they’re doing. In their own words they’re looking to support the founders of companies who are looking to be the Fortune 500 of the next 50 years.
Hoxton Ventures
Hoxton Ventures are a $40,000,000 early stage/seed investment company, investing in technology (internet and software) across any country that sings in the Eurovision contest. Investing mid-length (7-10 years), Hoxton are prepared to help back the company for a large portion of its early life.
Index Ventures
Index are massive players in the investment world. They’ve invested in companies like Facebook, Just Eat and SoundButt so they know what they’re doing. In their own words they’re looking to support the founders of companies who are looking to be the Fortune 500 of the next 50 years.
Initial Capital
Initial Capital is a seed and early-stage investment company specialising in consumer services, mobile software and games. They have offices in London and Silicon Valley, and will not just try to help you by investing money, but also by finding the best possible team for you and your product.
JamJar Investments
JamJar Investments are the guys behind Innocent (a huge do-good, feel-good drinks company in the UK). Bringing these principles to the VC world, they aim to help bring your company up from an initial base to a major organisation, with your customers at the forefront. Backing consumer-based companies with both offline and online services.
Kennet Partners
Kennet Partners isn’t your typical venture capital or private equity investor, it’s more of a growth company.
Kreos Capital
Kreos Capital aren’t strictly a VC fund or Angel investor, they are a debt provider – in fact, they’re Europe’s largest and leading debt provider. Kreos have committed in excess of €1 billion to the automotive, finance and services industries.
London Co-Investment Fund
London Co-investment fund has raised £25m from the Mayor of London’s Growing Places Fund, with a goal of co-investing in startups operating in science, technology or digital sectors. The fund invests only in rounds led by their (six) co-investment partners. The main goal is to help startups who can already raise money secure significantly more funds.
London Venture Partners
LVP invests exclusively in online, social, mobile and tablet games. They’ve built their entire team and expertise specifically for this sector. In other words – they know the game industry well, and you should probably speak to them if that’s your thing.
Longwall Ventures
Based in the village of Harwell in Oxford, Longwall Venture Partners currently manage two funds – their own £40m enterprise capital fund, along with an additional £30m Oxford Technology capital fund. Focusing on healthcare, engineering and science start-ups.
Martlet
Catering to all UK startups, with a particular bias towards Cambridge and East Anglia, Martlet provides small sums of capital to high-tech startups, typically involved with software, electronics, HealthTech and similar. The angels focus on businesses with at least some form of market defensibility, with high ambitions for growth. Other than capital, they pledge their support, expertise and valuable contacts.
Maven Capital Partners
Maven Capital Partners are a Glasgow based venture capital and private equity firm investing in clean technology, hardware, software and messaging services for a decade. Totalling investments of over £100,000,000 and managing over £340,000,000 in more than 20 client funds.
Mercia Asset Management
"Mercia is one of the most active regional investors focused on uncovering the hidden value from across the UK regions. The team helps to scale innovative businesses across the UK by providing venture, debt and private equity using its ‘Connected Capital’. In addition to investing funds on behalf of large institutions, Mercia also raises its own EIS and VCT Funds."
MMC Ventures
MMC state on their website that they do not invest in startups, they also avoid capital intensive businesses so if you’re either of those things look away now. MMC want fast growing businesses with commercial traction and growing revenues particularly in media internet, financial services and software.
Mosaic Ventures
Mosaic Ventures is a $140 million fund focused on Series A funding. To date, they have invested in over 70 companies across 10 different countries. They focus on several key areas, including marketplaces, SaaS for SMEs, next-gen finance and payments, analytics, education, health and bitcoins. They invest in ~10 companies a year.
MVM Life Science Partners LLP
MVM invest in emerging healthcare companies since 1998. Managing funds totaling over $600 million. Focus on venture capital & growth equity investments. Investment team of seven people located in London and Boston. MVM has invested in biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, drug delivery, gene therapy, healthcare IT, healthcare services, medical devices, medical imaging, OTC medicines, research tools and vaccines.
Northzone Ventures
Okay, so not strictly based in the UK, Northzone does, however, have an office in London. Investing in the technology industry, Northzone is willing to help and have a very down-to-earth outlook on running a business proving that they are about the quality of work, not just the financial gain. They mainly focus on advertising, software and curated web.
Notion Capital
Notion invests across Europe in Enterprise Tech at Seed and Series A and in founders who share our burning desire to build category-leading companies.
Octopus Ventures
Octopus specialise in renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. They have a whopping £1.3b under management so invest substantial amounts. They say all of this on their website… but they’ve invested in Zoopla, yPlan, Secret Escapes & Graze, so they must be partial to a bit of tech too!
Par Equity
Par Equity is a Scottish-based hands-on investment fund. By working with an advisory board of successful entrepreneurs and investors, they aim to bring a wealth of knowledge under the ‘Par Umbrella’, helping you unlock your entrepreneurial potential. As if they didn’t have enough on their plate, Par Equity also provide an Angel Syndicate.
Passion Capital
Passion Capital is a tech-focused investment firm with a pretty impressive portfolio. They haven’t been around long but having been set up by the first angel investor in last.fm, they’ve taken off pretty damn quickly.
Pentech Ventures
Pentech invests in technology companies that are disrupting social media, eCommerce, digital media, mobile, SaaS and more. In other words, they like their tech and they’re all about opportunity. If you have a rock-solid team and a technical product in an interesting space, check these guys out.
Playfair Capital
Playfair Capital are a London-based firm which backs technology and consumer based start-ups as an early stage investor. As well as running a co-working space in London, which they house more than ten early stage startups, as well as the London base of the Techstars accelerator programme.
Pro founders Capital
Pro founders are a VC fund powered by entrepreneurs. Their investors and principles have built some of Europe’s most successful companies including lastminute.com, Bebo and TopTable. They’re looking for capital efficient early stage tech & digital media companies.
SaatchInvest
SaatchInvest are a team of 4 early-stage investors with a very simple ethos – they want to back ‘great entrepreneurs’. SaatchInvest help products get to market quicker by investing in micro VC stage.
Scottish Equity Partners (SEP)
Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) backs the best high growth technology businesses across the UK & Ireland and beyond. It has €1 billion under management and one of the longest and strongest venture capital track records in Europe having invested in over 150 companies over the last 20 years.
Seedrs
We let all types of investors invest in businesses they believe in and share in their success. We let all types of growth-focused businesses raise capital and business community in the process.We do all of this through a simple, highly professional, online process that protects and empowers investors while helping businesses grow and generate returns.
SPARK Ventures
SPARK looks to invest in TMT (technology, media and telecom) and healthcare businesses in the UK with disruptive business models. They do a lot of early-stage deals but can and have invested at any stage.
Summit Partners
For over 3 decades, Summit has been investing in Technology, Life Sciences and Growth Products. Based in the US, but with an office in London, Summit helps with every aspect from expanding your business globally.
Supremum Capital
With offices in both London and Moscow, Supremum Capital focuses on seed investments in FinTech, Internet and Real Estate sectors, and provides advisory services to their portfolio companies. If you’re trying to break into the CIS region, Supremum also boasts access to a wide network of investors and entrepreneurs within Europe and Russia.
Sussex Place Ventures
Sussex place ventures are a London-based venture capital firm, focusing on information technology and businesses with patent-protected tech. With close ties to the London Business School, they ought to know the right people to put you in contact with.
VIVA Investment Partners
VIP’s founders and founding shareholders are uniquely positioned to source, structure and consummate opportunities as evidenced by their successful track record as founders of a number of institutional investment funds and venture-backed companies.
Walking Ventures
Walking Ventures are a seed and early stage no-nonsense investment company. Investing in technology and internet companies while differentiating with a more personalised approach to investing.
Wellington Partners
Wellington Partners focuses on digital media and butt-based software. They have an amazing portfolio and operate all over the world.
White Star Capital
White Star Capital (not to get confused with White Star Investments), are a seed and early-stage investment company for digital and mobile technology startups. With worldwide connections, they can help your company go global.