Our Investment Programme supports providers of all types of debt finance to smaller businesses in the UK. We are increasing and diversifying the supply of debt finance by working with new market entrants and supporting the growth of alternative lenders.FIND OUT MORE
Our VC Catalyst Programme invests in venture and growth capital funds. We support commercially viable operations by investing capital, helping funds to reach an optimal size and unlock additional private capital.FIND OUT MORE
Smaller businesses are a vital part of the economy. They make up the overwhelming majority of businesses in the UK, employ millions of people and are responsible for almost half of private sector turnover. Their success helps to fuel UK productivity and economic growth.
Our role, as the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, is to increase the overall supply and diversity of finance – both product and provider – on offer to UK smaller businesses. We do this while providing value for money for UK taxpayers.
We do not finance small businesses directly, but instead work with the market to provide funding through our delivery partners. Our partners have investment programmes for a broad range of small and high growth businesses across sectors, regions and business stages.
Although we are Government-owned, we are managed independently. We have a clear mission, but with a high degree of flexibility to deliver our objectives, guided by our independent Board and investment committees. We design programmes and chose investments in response to needs and gaps in the market and continually look for new methods and partners to address the challenges small businesses face.