Business Funding

Business Funding

Whether you are starting or growing a business, all businesses need money. We can help you secure the right type of funding for your business.

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Start Up Loans

Start Up Loans are now available for entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Wales through the Start Up Loans Company.

The Start Up Loans Company is a UK-wide, government backed scheme, which offers a repayable loan to individuals over the age of 18 who have a viable business but no access to finance. The scheme funds businesses in every sector. As well as financial backing all loan recipients are given access to a mentor, free training events and exclusive business offers.


Business funding available from Bridgend CBC

Kick Start - available to new businesses or businesses in their first 12 months of trading. Business grants are available between £250 - £1000 and are match funded at a rate of 50% of the project cost. Only capital items are eligible. All sectors are considered for this business grant. More information can be found here.    

Special Regeneration Fund (SRF) - flexible grant scheme providing small and medium sized businesses with a 'customer-led' approach to funding opportunities.  Projects considered could include investment in capital equipment, specialist software, website design, marketing and refurbishment of business premises. The funding offers up to 40% of grant support for approved project costs up to a maximum of £5,000.  The minimum grant amount will be £1,000. Full details and eligibility criteria can be found here

For more information about business grants and business funding from Bridgend CBC contact the Economic Development Unit at Bridgend Council on 01656 815315 or email


Business funding available from Finance Wales

Finance Wales is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government and manages public and private funds to invest in Welsh SMEs (both B2B and B2C) helping start-ups, early stage and established businesses. 

Finance Wales can provide business funding for a range of needs:

  • Starting a business
  • Growing a business
  • Buying a business
  • Developing technology
  • Short term business loans
  • Commercial property development loans

Finance Wales has specialist teams to deal with different types of investment:

  • Micro Loan team: £1,000-£50,000
  • New investments team: £50,000-£2m
  • Technology Venture Investment team: tech start ups £50,000-£2m

For more info about investment from Finance Wales please visit the Finance Wales website or contact: or telephone 0800 587 4140.

Business support grants available from RCT Council

Financial support is available for full-time, existing and start up businesses within RCT to develop their growth potential. NB All applicants will need to demonstrate business growth through job creation as a result of grant support.

Support is available to assist with the purchase of equipment (including ICT), marketing materials, development of website and the improvement of commercial premises 

Any businesses interested in submitting an application for a business support grant from RCT Council will need to complete an Expression of Interest in the first instance. For more information contact 01443 495169 or email