Natwest offer 2 years free banking, a set up course, fee free overdraft for any ‘surprises’ and offer loans from £1000-25000. Continued support is also offered through the opportunity to talk to experts about any part of your business.
Identical to the natwest funding above as it is the same bank essentially!
Loyds TSB [link]
Loyds offer free 18 month day to day banking, and support from a ‘relationship manager’ to help get your startup going. They don’t offer any startup secific loans, but the standard business loan is from £1000.
Barclays offer a free startup business account for up to 2 years and offer a ton of help and support. You get your own business manager, free day to day support by phone 24/7, free consultations with an accountant, marketing professional and solicitor for expert advice in the first few months! Also loans up to £25000.
The Princes Trust [link]
You can get a few different financial aids from the princes trust that help aid marketing (£250 grant), startup grants in special circumstances up to £1500 and loans up to £4000 if you are a sole trader or £5000 if you are in a partnership. You pay back with a low 3% interest rate after the first 6 months and can take up to 3 years to pay it back. You also get start up support for 3 years, a mentor for 2, and access to seminars, phone lines etc.
Frederichs Foundation [link]
This foundation offer loans up to £10000 for start ups, but you must show proof of being turned down by a mainstream lender. They cover most of the southern area of the country but not any London Boroughs.
Parents (Richard & Anita Mears) Friends and Family is also an option when thinking of funding for a new startup. Remember its not groveling to mum and dad...
Nectar Business - Small Business Awards [link]
Nectar offer £2000 in cash for winners of small business entrants in different categories each year. Part of the prize is also the large amount of coverage and exposure your brand will get!
Proof of Concept Funding (Plymouth Uni) [link]
Available to staff and students at Plymouth University funding can be given to improve the business concept idea by covering prototype costs/patent protection/market research etc.
The Princes Trust [link]
You can get a few grants from the princes trust that help aid marketing (£250) and even a startup grant in special circumstances that can be up to £1500.
Shell LiveWIRE [link]
This is a online community for young entrepreneurs (16-30) who submit new innovative ideas for the chance to win (one of 4) £1000 funding money each money for their new businesses. Lots of help and support is able to be found on the website too.
Funding Central [link]
Although mainly focused on funding charities and voluntary organizations, they also fund social enterprises. And with up 4000 grants, contracts and loans available it is always worth looking at!