Success Stories

Learn how other UK businesses have used external finance to reach their ambition

Here’s just some of the tens of thousands of smaller businesses funded through our partners, with the support of British Business Bank’s programmes.

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Enterprise Capital Funds


NQ64 are a chain of unique bars across the country offering a range of specialist beers and cocktails which can be enjoyed by customers while playing a range of retro arcade games and consoles.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Shropshire Festivals

When Beth Heath used a Bounce Back Loan to protect her business in Shropshire, the loan not only boosted the cashflow of her award-winning festival company, but also gave her an opportunity to support her local community during lockdown.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Thomas Paine Hotel

Funding a fresh start: how Recovery Loan Scheme helped ex-offenders find jobs and support the hospitality industry.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Twynham House Nursery School

The business received an initial Bounce Back Loan (BBLS) before paying it off and moving to a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) via SWIG Finance. They then successfully applied for a Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) of £50,000 to invest in the business to take it forward and grow.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Edward Thomas Interiors

With COVID-19 putting housebuilding on hold, Birmingham’s Edward Thomas Interiors couldn’t design and install its showhomes as normal. Forced to furlough 16 of its staff, the company applied for funds via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to ensure its survival.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Change Please

Change Please is an organisation where social enterprise and coffee expertise blend. For every cup of coffee they sell, it helps change someone’s life for the better.

Enterprise Capital Funds

Wild Cosmetics

Wild Cosmetics, based in London, is on a mission to remove single use plastic and create high performing natural formulations that allow customers to switch to more sustainable everyday bathroom products.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund

Arc Marine

ARC Marine received £1m in equity investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) in a deal led by the FSE Group, enabling the company to create at least six new positions over the next three years.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Press on Vinyl

Press on Vinyl received a £350,000 investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, through fund manager FW Capital, which will enable it to grow and to create as many as 46 new jobs in the region over the next three years

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Pure Pet Food

Pure Pet Food raised a multi-million-pound investment from Mercia and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund


Leicestershire-based Velobici manufactures and distributes high-end cycling apparel and accessories.