There are various channels where small business can seek funding. Some will be low-interest loan options others maybe matched funding grants; sometimes you may find a fully-funded grant.
Depending on your age, industry sector, geography and whether you are a start-up or established business - there will be different options available. Grantfinder is a useful site to search for various criteria to find out eligibility for grants and other sources of funding.
Take a look at the following organisations that may be able to help:
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP)
A LEP is a locally-owned partnership between local authorities and businesses. A LEP plays a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs. They typically offer support to help businesses grow - through funding, workshops or free advice.
- SEMLEP - a LEP covering the South East Midlands.
- LLEP - a LEP for Leicestershire
- CWLEP - a LEP for Coventry & Warwickshire
Prince's Trust (for 18-30 year olds)
Shell Livewire (for start-ups, 16-30 year olds)
Start-Up Loans (includes free mentor for 12 months)