Business Finance Support and Advice

Businesses seek finance for a variety of reasons, to start-up a new venture, fund capital expenditure, fund research and development or to obtain new working capital.  There are many types of finance available including grants, loans and equity finance and it is important you choose the right finance for your business.

Skills & Growth Company

The Council's Skills & Growth Company offers an impartial, free and confidential service to businesses.

For further information, please visit Skills & Growth Company

Other sources of funding

The North West Fund

The North West Fund is a £170m evergreen investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding from £25,000 to £2 million to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in, or relocating to, the North West of England.

For further information on eligibility and the application process, please visit The North West Fund

Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund

The Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund is a seed and early stage venture capital fund investing in a range of life science businesses across all stages of development, from initial market research and concept development through to product/services launch and manufacturing. The £30m fund has been created by Cheshire East Council in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Cheshire and Warrington LEP , and Manchester Science Partnerships. 

The fund will invest in ‘Life Science’ businesses which include the following sectors: 

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • diagnostics
  • contract Research Organisations
  • healthcare technologies
  • medical devices

For more information, please visit Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund or send an email to: mail@gmclifesciencesfund.com 

Gov.uk

The Gov.uk website is the Governments main provider of financial advice and support for you and your business – whether you work for a large organisation or are starting your own business. The online Business Finance and Support finder can help you identify and access the schemes that are right for your business.

South Cheshire Chamber Business Fund

The Business Fund is operated by the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry who offer loans for short and long-term capital projects, to organisations within South Cheshire (the old district of Crewe and Nantwich)..

To find out more about the Business Fund, please visit South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, send an email to: richard.weilding@sccci.co.uk or telephone 01270 504 700.