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Finding the right finance

The number of financial support options available to businesses in New Forest District can be seen as a positive, but also can lead to confusion. In addition, with the time that funding applications take and that many public finance initiatives cannot be applied for at the same time, choosing the right option is vital.

The below table lists a select few places businesses can apply for funding, and indicates the source, if its is a grant or loan, and who the funds are available to.





PrivateGrantLoanNew Start-upsExisting

EM3 Wood Processing Grant Programme



EM3 Funding Escalator



Solent LEP

Solent Innovation Fund



Solent Growth Fund: Capital Investment Fund


Solent Growth Fund: Small Business Programme



Bridging the Gap: Armed Forces Fund



Marine & Maritime SME Fund



New Forest LEADER



Start-up Loans Company



Countryside Productivity Scheme



New Enterprise Allowance




HCC Rural Communities Fund



Coastal Communities Fund



Innovate UK



UK Export Finance







UK Business Angels Association




Funding Circle




With a clearer picture of what finances are most suitable to you greater detail can be found for each under LEP funding, grant funding, and loan funding (see left of page).

A more comprehensive list of available funds to UK businesses can be found at Better Business Finance

Updated: 13 Dec 2017
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