What we do

Our aim is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by supporting access to finance for smaller businesses.

Our objectives

  • Driving sustainable growth ensuring smaller businesses can access the right type of finance they need to start, survive and grow
  • Backing innovation ensuring innovative businesses can access the right capital to start and scale
  • Unlocking potential unlocking growth by ensuring entrepreneurs can access the finance they need regardless of where and who they are
  • Building the modern, green economy financing groundbreaking solutions to climate change and helping smaller businesses transition to net zero so they thrive in a green future

The British Business Bank is 100% Government owned, but independently managed. It brings expertise and Government money to the smaller business finance markets. We don’t lend or invest directly. Instead we work with over 130 partners such as banks, leasing companies, venture capital funds and web-based platforms.

Businesses apply for finance through our partners who, because they work with us, can lend and invest more, especially to younger and faster growing companies.

Our work and corporate culture is driven and supported by our organisation’s values:

  • We are committed
  • We are collaborative
  • We are creative

Our programmes are designed to bring benefits to smaller businesses that are start-ups, high growth, or simply viable but underfunded. We have two commercial subsidiaries, British Business Investments Ltd and British Patient Capital Ltd, which make commercial investments into providers of finance to smaller business in the UK.

We are creating the opportunity for smaller businesses to invest and grow, creating additional jobs and economic activity.

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