Partners and Programmes

Become a partner

We create new financing opportunities for smaller businesses by working with over 80 private sector partners.

We offer a range of solutions to help our partners finance more young and fast growing small companies in the UK.

We also have a commercial arm with separate governance and return targets, which can fund providers of finance to smaller businesses on a purely commercial basis.


Start Up

Mentoring and funds to
‘be your own boss’

Our programmes

Start-Up Loans – currently not open for new delivery partners

At Autumn Statement 2015, the Chancellor announced an agreement between British Business Bank and Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North West, Yorkshire & the Humber and Tees Valley to create a new £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

The Chancellor also announced the creation of a £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund in his March 2016 Budget, aimed at boosting the region’s economy and supporting the growth ambitions of its 460,000 smaller businesses

Our commercial arm British Business Bank Investments also funds providers of finance to smaller businesses, but on a purely commercial basis – its partners are listed below under ‘Investment Programme and our other commercial investments’.

We also manage other funds on behalf of the taxpayer, which includes our own programmes which have reached the end of their investment periods.


The British Business Bank works with over 80 finance partners to unlock finance for smaller businesses. Find the right one to suit your needs.

The vast majority of our partners listed continue to make new loans and investments in businesses. The other partners we are still working with, but who are no longer making new investments from funds we support are: Catapult Ventures, Disruptive Capital Finance, the European Investment Fund, Hermes Investment Management, IQ Capital Partners, MMC Ventures and Seraphim Capital.

The process below selects our partners as they participate in our programmes – they may provide other finance independently from British Business Bank’s support programmes. As well as British Business Bank partners, there are many other alternatives in the market.

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