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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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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Start Up Loans

The Whisky Chairmen

The Whisky Chairmen received a Start Up Loan of £13,000 through delivery partner Transmit, which helped to provide the essential tooling, materials, rent and insurances needed to establish the business.

Enterprise Capital Funds


Since its founding in 2002, software developer and consultancy business Codeplay has established itself as one of the leading experts in heterogeneous systems – systems that use more than one type of processor or core.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Team Magnus Ltd

This children’s outdoor and sports gear manufacturer faced a disruption to their supply chain because of the pandemic. To avoid this, they used a Recovery Loan to fund their inventory.

ENABLE Funding

Capital Cars

Capital Cars is an established Edinburgh taxi private-hire company that provides a range of services from airport transfers to luxury chauffeur trips and exclusive tours of Scotland.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

All Truck Commercial Vehicle Repairs

For this commercial vehicle company, COVID-19 outbreak had a severe impact on cashflow, with revenue dropping suddenly by 90% and most staff having to go on furlough.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Ember Bus

Coach company Ember was waiting to take delivery of its first fully electric vehicle when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Delays in the supply chain interrupted the business’ operations, while its financing fell through at the same time.

Future Fund


In the world of e-commerce, speed is essential. But when COVID-19 hit, this IT company saw potential investors cancel upcoming investor meetings and was forced to put back its plans by a year as a result. With all these challenges, how was the business able to move forward?

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Macs Adventures

An international organisation, Glasgow-based Macs Adventures felt the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak earlier than many other businesses. Seeing demand for its tour service diminish almost overnight, the company sought support via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) so it could implement financial measures that would protect its future.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)


Once the effects of COVID-19 began to take hold, engineering animation consultants Cadherent decided its best approach for the long term was to use Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) funding to take stock and diversify their operations.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

North of Scotland Marquees

When the government placed restrictions on public gatherings as part of its drive to tackle COVID‑19, marquee hire company North of Scotland Marquees saw its bookings for the next few months suddenly cancelled or postponed.

Start Up Loans

Can You Escape?

Learn how Can You Escape? used funding from a British Business Bank programme. Read more about how the funding helped them.

Start Up Loans

The Krooked Kat

Learn how The Krooked Kat used funding from a British Business Bank programme. Read more about how the funding helped them.

Start Up Loans

Superior Bathrooms

Sharon Shearer launched her business Superior Bathrooms when she was made redundant, using her career expertise to get her started.

Start Up Loans


Learn how Shakehaus used funding from a British Business Bank programme. Read more about how the funding helped them.

Start Up Loans

Hamish Dobbie Silversmithing

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Start Up Loans

Pacific Quay Powerboats Glasgow

Created by John Hillis, alongside his brother Merrell and marine operations manager Terence McKibben, Pacific Quay Powerboats Glasgow offers high-speed power boat trips and water-sports on the river Clyde.

Enterprise Capital Funds

Photonic Solutions

Originally established in 1999, Edinburgh-based Photonic Solutions distributes, installs and provides technical support of high powered, complex laser systems to the UK scientific and industrial market. Delivered by a team of highly qualified scientists, Photonic Solutions provides testing, modification, user training and servicing of equipment to its customers.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Makar Technologies Ltd

Makar Technologies is an electronic design manufacturing and service support company based in Forres near Inverness.