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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Recovery Loan Scheme

Thomas Paine Hotel

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

Start Up Loans

Valiant Lingerie

Valiant Lingerie took out a £6,500 loan through Start Up Loans delivery partner Virgin Start Ups to start her business.

Enterprise Capital Funds


Congenica is a digital health company whose software is helping to revolutionise how diseases are characterised and diagnosed.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

DC Electronics

While many businesses have focused their efforts on staying afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, this Essex-based company chose to diversify its business to manufacture much-needed medical ventilators rather than its usual motorsport components.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Eve Taylor (London) Limited

As it has with many businesses across the UK, the ongoing coronavirus crisis caused this beauty products manufacturer to look closely at its operating model in order to remain in business long term.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Artisan (Contracting) Limited

Before the coronavirus outbreak, this property developer had agreements with lenders for funding to invest in some new planned developments.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Chigwell Construction

The coronavirus pandemic caused this Essex construction company to postpone plans to buy a rural site on which it planned to build a number of new homes. Unable to complete its other construction projects, and facing a significant lack of funds, the business needed investment from elsewhere.

Future Fund

Bamboo Systems

Bamboo Systems was in the process of seeking new investment when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the UK’s investment landscape started to feel its impact.

Future Fund


As a young company, Bockatech needed cash to develop its technology and grow its business but worried that COVID-19 would hamper its ability to raise finance through private investors.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Dewing Properties

When the coronavirus lockdown prohibited the sale of residential property, demand for housing fell flat.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Anglian Country Inns

Having failed to secure vital working capital before the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent closure of hospitality businesses as a result of the outbreak hit Anglian Country Inns’ finances even harder.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Cambridge Rapid

Suffolk-based precision metal manufacturers Cambridge Rapid had invested much of its working capital in new premises and machinery when COVID-19 forced many businesses to close.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)


Already enduring cashflow issues due to uncertainty around Brexit, skylight company Sunsquare faced even tougher times with the COVID-19 shutdown. Applying to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) for financial support was the difference between securing jobs and continuing to trade and closing down the business altogether.

ENABLE Guarantees

FW Properties

Based in Norwich, small housebuilder FW Properties specialise in developing distinctive contemporary properties across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Enterprise Capital Funds


Started in Cambridge, Grapeshot is a brand safety platform that helps marketers, publishers and media organisations target customers more accurately in any language and in real time, globally.

Exonate Limited

Exonate Limited raised £1m in Angel Investment to develop life-changing eye drops