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Lancashire Funding Hub

The Lancashire Funding Hub aims to help growing businesses find the right funding to achieve their goals, while providing helpful information and guidance.

Funding services and providers

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Boost Access to Finance

Boost Access to Finance helps Lancashire SMEs become investment ready and assists them in sourcing finance to enable growth.

Type

Funding enabler

Range

Variable

Sectors

Businesses in Lancashire with growth potential.

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

Growing Places Fund

Growing Places Fund provides development funding for stalled schemes and to support inward investment propositions.

Type

Loan

Range

£1m - £4m

Sectors

Advanced manufacturing, food and agriculture, low carbon, digital, health, tourism, culture, place, space, cyber, clean energy and medtech.

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Innovate UK EDGE

Innovate UK EDGE provides access to funding and finance, empowering innovative businesses to grow and achieve.

Type

Funding enabler

Range

N/A

Sectors

All high potential small to medium sized innovation-driven companies, including Innovate UK grant winners.

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Praetura Ventures

Praetura Ventures is an early-stage investor in businesses with exceptional founders and highly scalable models.

Type

Equity

Range

£500k - £2m

Sectors

SaaS, healthcare and service.

Red Cat

RedCat

RedCAT works with low carbon technology innovators to take their technologies through commercialisation and investment.

Type

Equity and debt

Range

£50k - £5m

Sectors

Manufacturing, aerospace, nuclear, space, construction, waste industry, public sector, renewables, utilities and transport.

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Rosebud

Rosebud provides loans across 12 administrative areas of Lancashire to help them grow, develop, create jobs and achieve their goals.

Type

Loan

Range

£10k - £300k

Sectors

SMEs of all sizes that are specifically seeking funding for growth.

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Funding news and insights

Refreshed Boost Access to Finance service brings in two new advisers Access to Finance with LCC   FINAL
22nd February 2024
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Refreshed Boost Access to Finance service brings in two new advisers
Lancashire’s Boost Access to Finance service has recruited two new advisers as part of a new-look support programme designed to help ambitious Lancashire businesses secure finance to achieve their growth ambitions.
Lancashire entrepreneur secures Dragons' Den investment to take edible dog birthday card business global 1 SCOFF PAPER   web
16th February 2024
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Lancashire entrepreneur secures Dragons' Den investment to take edible dog birthday card business global
A Lancashire entrepreneur has secured £50,000 from investors on BBC One's Dragons’ Den programme.
The five important Cs when approaching a bank or debt provider for business funding AdobeStock_603264774   BB Blog
13th February 2024
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The five important Cs when approaching a bank or debt provider for business funding
At some point in the life of their business, most owners will need to look externally for funding. This may include help with startup costs, supporting business growth or in due course a business exit strategy.
Funding Hub Q&A: Delyth Edwards Delyth Edwards
17th November 2023
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Funding Hub Q&A: Delyth Edwards
Delyth Edwards is a senior manager at British Business Bank, the UK’s economic development bank, working with more than 200 delivery partners such as banks and venture capital funds.
Accrington sheet metal specialist receives funding from Rosebud Finance Pharma Sheet Metal 1
13th November 2023
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Accrington sheet metal specialist receives funding from Rosebud Finance
Metal fabricator, Pharma Sheet Metal (PSM), has secured a £200k loan from Rosebud Finance to support its continued growth.
Funding Q&A: Steve Molyneux BOO_QA_Steve Molyneux
1st November 2023
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Funding Q&A: Steve Molyneux
Steve Molyneux is an investment executive at FW Capital, an investment service providing flexible finance to dynamic businesses in the North and South West of England. Steve shares his top tips relating to business funding.
Leaders hail success of Lancashire network connecting tech entrepreneurs with funders FHundED_Investment_Talk
23rd October 2023
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Leaders hail success of Lancashire network connecting tech entrepreneurs with funders
A new investment community in Lancashire is already helping business owners in the technology and digital sector connect directly with debt and equity funding providers from across the UK after just two events.
Funding Q&A: Claire Alvarez BOO_ClaireAlvarez_QAs
13th October 2023
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Funding Q&A: Claire Alvarez
Claire Alvarez is a partner of Foresight Group, a sustainability-led alternative assets and SME investment manager. Here, she shares some insights on business funding.
My funding journey: Secret Garden Glamping’s Derry Green reflects on Access to Finance support Secret Garden web
6th October 2023
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My funding journey: Secret Garden Glamping’s Derry Green reflects on Access to Finance support
After accessing external funding for the first time earlier this year, Secret Garden Glamping has almost doubled in size. The company is now agreeing a significantly larger loan from a commercial provider.
Darwen vehicle storage facility on expansion drive following funding support from Lancashire’s Access to Finance service East Lancashire Vehicle Storage Solutions web
19th September 2023
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Darwen vehicle storage facility on expansion drive following funding support from Lancashire’s Access to Finance service
A Darwen vehicle storage facility based has recruited two additional members of staff after installing new infrastructure at its site using funds secured with the help Access to Finance Lancashire.
Funding Q&A: James Cole James Cole Funding Hub QA
8th August 2023
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Funding Q&A: James Cole
James Cole is founder of Panache Cruises, an online luxury cruise retailer based in Chorley which has received two separate loans from Rosebud. He shares insights on how the funding has supported the business and tips for other businesses looking at external finance.
New Lancashire Funding Hub launched to better link ambitious business leaders with funding providers Funding Hub montage web
4th August 2023
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New Lancashire Funding Hub launched to better link ambitious business leaders with funding providers
Lancashire companies seeking funding are being advised to visit a new funding hub which has been launched by Lancashire County Council and the LEP.
Funding Q&A: Mark Gibbons BOO_FundingHub_QAs
1st August 2023
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Funding Q&A: Mark Gibbons
Mark Gibbons is senior access to finance specialist at Boost Access to Finance. He shares some insights on business funding.
Funding Q&A: Alan Reid BOO_FundingHub_QAs3
26th July 2023
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Funding Q&A: Alan Reid
Alan Reid is an innovation growth specialist at RTC North and part of the Innovate UK EDGE programme. He shares his top tips for businesses seeking funding.
Funding Q&A: Jonathan Nelson BOO_FundingHub_QAs2
19th July 2023
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Funding Q&A: Jonathan Nelson
Jonathan Nelson is fund manager for Rosebud, a Lancashire business loans provider and a proven alternative lender to high street banks and traditional finance providers. Jonathan shares his top tips relating to business funding.
Funding Q&A: Alison Powell BOO_FundingHub_QAs 1
11th July 2023
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Funding Q&A: Alison Powell
Alison Powell is a senior loan manager at GC Business Finance. Here, she shares some insights into how to secure funding and what mistakes to avoid.
Funding Q&A: Ian Moore BOO_FundingHub_QAs2 1
4th July 2023
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Funding Q&A: Ian Moore
Ian Moore is managing director of Blackburn-based TymeOnline, which offers marketplace solutions via online sales channels such as eBay, Amazon, OnBuy and B&Q amongst others. Here, Ian shares some valuable tips from his own funding journey.

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