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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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.

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.

Start Up Loans

Tide Climbing Centre

After Sophie and her partner Sam secured loans of £20,000 each through delivery partner SWIG, they put all they had into creating a space that Cornwall would love.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Eco Move

Aiming to provide its customers with greener, more economical transport options, this electric vehicle retailer found itself in urgent need of financial support as lockdowns and travel restrictions reduced the need for transport.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Josh’s Chocolate

Having launched in summer 2019 and experienced an encouraging start to life as a new business, this Cornish chocolate company had strong plans for the future. But once the COVID-19 pandemic asserted itself, the business had no option but to seek financial support in order to find new ways of working.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)


Used to running her business as a one-woman operation, Osmology founder Elizabeth Drew was looking to take on her first employee when COVID-19 hit.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

St Leonards Equitation Centre

Having already struggled through a challenging winter of bad weather, the arrival of COVID-19 and the associated lockdown meant this Cornwall riding centre had to shut down.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Spread Eagle Inn

Having taken on the business in 2018, the owners of this coaching inn, bar and restaurant were finally ready to see a profit for their endeavour. But when COVID-19 caused them to close, all their income disappeared and they were forced to make staff redundant.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

WNW Digital

Facing serious financial issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, digital marketing agency WNW Digital sought support via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) so its plans for growing the business over the coming months and years wouldn’t be scuppered.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Pasta King

As a provider of school meals to millions of childr

Future Fund

Zeetta Networks

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted a number of key markets for this Bristol software company, forcing the business to refocus its activity in different areas.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Little Kitchen

Government guidelines implemented to tackle COVID-19 meant cookery school Little Kitchen had to close its doors. With a much-needed relocation to new, larger premises already underway, the business required a boost of working capital to stay operating. For this, it applied to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Goulds (Dorchester) Limited

Having only recently spent a large sum on inventory for the summer season ahead, the COVID-19 shutdown couldn’t have come at a worse time for retail group Goulds (Dorchester) Limited.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Going Places Removals

The COVID-19 shutdown prevented people from moving house and businesses relocating to new premises.

Start Up Loans

Academy ICT

Brian Stoneman secured a Start Up Loan of £6,600 in March 2017 to put towards the running of Academy ICT.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund

Spotless Cleaning

Spotless Cleaning operates mostly in the holiday let sector and has grown significantly since being established a little over three years ago, with turnover increasing from around £50,000 in 2017 to an expected £100,000+ this year.

Start Up Loans

North 55 Gallery

Inga Irvine opened her art gallery, North 55 Falmouth, with the help of a £6,500 Start up Loan.