Here are some of the latest funding platforms that are available in the UK & Ireland:


Starts Up Loans

Start Up Loans is a government funded scheme to provide advice, mentoring and funding to startup businesses. 

All you need to apply is a business plan and a cash flow forecast.

Head on over to Start Up Loans to register and get started


Princes Trust

The Prince's Trust supports 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.

Many of the young people we help are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

Our programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. We help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training


New Enterprise Allowance


Jobcentre Plus


You must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and get one of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support as a lone parent
  • Employment and Support Allowance, if you’re in the work-related activity group

A Jobcentre Plus adviser can refer you to the scheme as soon as you get a qualifying benefit.

You don’t qualify if you’re part of the Work Programme, but you can stillget help setting up a business elsewhere.

You could:

The loan has to be paid back, the allowance doesn’t.

Any money you get doesn’t affect your Housing Benefit, tax credits, Income Tax, or Access to Work grant.


Need help creating your first business plan before applying for a loan? Click here to download our free example template.