What we do

Our aim is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by supporting access to finance for smaller businesses.

Our objectives

  • We will increase the supply of finance available to smaller businesses where markets don’t work well.
  • We will help to create a more diverse finance market for smaller businesses, with a greater choice of options and providers.
  • We will identify and help to reduce imbalances in access to finance for smaller businesses across the UK.
  • We will encourage and enable SMEs to seek the finance best suited to their needs.
  • We will be the centre of expertise on smaller business finance in the UK, providing advice and support to Government.
  • We will achieve our other objectives whilst managing taxpayer resources efficiently within a robust risk management framework.
  • We will support the UK’s transition to a net zero economy.

The British Business Bank is 100% Government owned, but independently managed. It brings expertise and Government money to the smaller business finance markets. We don’t lend or invest directly. Instead we work with over 130 partners such as banks, leasing companies, venture capital funds and web-based platforms.

Businesses apply for finance through our partners who, because they work with us, can lend and invest more, especially to younger and faster growing companies.

Our work and corporate culture is driven and supported by our organisation’s values:

  • We are committed
  • We are collaborative
  • We are creative

Our programmes are designed to bring benefits to smaller businesses that are start-ups, high growth, or simply viable but underfunded. We have two commercial subsidiaries, British Business Investments Ltd and British Patient Capital Ltd, which make commercial investments into providers of finance to smaller business in the UK.

We are creating the opportunity for smaller businesses to invest and grow, creating additional jobs and economic activity.

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