We’re a not-for-profit organisation which reinvests money into the local economy. As an independent organisation, our primary interest is in helping communities prosper rather than in making money for distant shareholders.
We’ll guide you through the application process for your Development Loan. Once it’s been awarded, we’ll be on hand to provide you with free, expert business advice if you need it.
Call 01686 626234 or simply enter your name, phone number and email address below and we’ll call you back as soon as possible during office hours.
Our locally financed business development loans are aimed at businesses over two years old that need additional working capital to scale and grow. We recognise that accessing bank finance can be hard or prohibitively expensive for small to medium sized enterprises. The finance for our business loans is raised from successful local businesses, local authorities and community councils, which we then invest back into the local economy.
If you would like to register your interest in a development loan, please fill out our callback request form.
Fill out the form at the top of this page.
Your application will be reviewed for approval.
The money will be paid into your bank account.
Repay the loan over flexible payment terms.
After we won the contract with O2 we were worried about finance, but the Start Up Loan and ongoing support from you has been invaluable.
I couldn’t have done this without you, this loan has helped me move production from my kitchen table to a dedicated facility!
I think I love you, thank you so much Jackie. We'll definitely stay in touch as I may need some help in the future.
The interest rate is fixed over the life of the loan. The typical APR is 12.5% for unsecured loans – lower for secured loans, depending on the security available. Please get in touch to discuss.
Anyone with a business over two years old who is a British citizen or UK resident.
The loan can pay for anything you need to keep your business running. This could include investing in new machinery, taking on additional staff or renovating a premises.
Loans of £1000 to £50,000 are available, but the amount you can borrow will be determined by your business plan
The loan must be paid back within five years and there are no fees for early repwayment. Capital repayment holidays are available, but interest must be covered throughout.
We will help you during the application process to make sure your business plan is robust and your forecasts are realistic and achievable.
We can help you with:
We will not provide a loan for businesses that involve gambling, pornography or the arms industry. We will not loan to anyone whose business involves illegal activities.
Business Development Loans
Borrow up to £50,000
No hidden fees or penalties
Fixed 12.5% Typical APR
Flexible Repayment Terms
No Restrictions on Usage