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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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Pure Pet Food

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

Start Up Loans

Tribal Milk

Rahma Ahmed Ali and Nura Nur secured a loan of £10,000 in July 2021 through delivery partner Financing Sharia Enterprise to start alternative dairy brand Tribal Milk.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund


A Sheffield company whose smart sensing technology helps industry to reduce costs raised £1.1m from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

2 Faced Aesthetics Ltd

Specialising in anti-ageing skin treatments, 2 Faced Aesthetics worried it may not have been able to cover its direct debits when COVID-19 struck.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Wildfire Marketing

Having experienced growth in 2020, this Leeds and London based marketing agency used the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) to continue scaling in 2021, recruiting and training its staff in the Yorkshire region.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Room97 Creative Hairdressing

Forced to close a new £350,000 salon that opened only four days before the first government lockdown, this business then had to contend with a prolonged period of closure and no revenue from its usual hairdressing services.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Little Critters Brewing Company

Like the rest of the hospitality industry, this microbrewery had no option but to close its doors once the government lockdowns began. With its income massively depleted, and serious concerns over its ability to survive the pandemic, the business sought financial support via the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Central Fish Bar

Having bought this West Yorkshire fish and chip shop in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, owner Ryan Butterworth faced the immediate challenge of staying afloat despite a significant reduction in trade.

British Business Investments

The Technology Group

The Technology Group is a managed communications provider, helping businesses and organisations to better communicate with their customers and teams. It provides telephone and VoIP systems, hosted telephony systems, internet connectivity and other telecommunications services to businesses across the UK.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Pitts Wilson

As they did with many businesses, the government shutdowns in 2020 left this electrical and mechanical contractor with no sites on which to work and nowhere to deploy its 40-plus staff.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Leeds Community Bakery (Leeds Bread Co-op)

When this bakery and workers’ co-operative paused its trading to protect staff and the local community during the pandemic, it used the downtime that closure afforded to reassess its priorities. However, knowing that its diminished revenue couldn’t cover its ongoing overheads, the business applied for funding via the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) to provide some much-needed cashflow.

Future Fund

Ambion Heating

What do you do when you’re in the middle of a funding round and a pandemic hits?

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund


Huddersfield-based leak detection and environmental protection systems firm Andel received a £180,000 investment from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Avail Technologies

A Hull start-up which aims to revolutionise the haulage industry by finding a better way to match drivers and employers  completed a £350,000 funding round led by NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund


A Harrogate company whose technology platform is transforming the way food businesses manage their supply chain secured a new funding round of £2.3m, which included £1.5 million from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and the remainder from existing shareholders including Summit Alpha.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Authenticate – Case Study Video

Learn how Authenticate – Case Study Video used funding from a British Business Bank programme. Read more about how the funding helped them.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Optimus Vitrum

A University of Leeds spin-out which is pioneering a new way to make toughened glass for mobile phone screens and wearable devices secured £600,000 to prove the benefits of its technology.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Connectus Group

A superfast broadband provider received £150,000 worth of funding from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).