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Funding Programmes


 Scheme Size


Current Active Programmes
Govt Commitment or drawdown
Available for SMEs


Public/private venture capital funds investing in the equity gap – twelve operating funds


Funds-of-funds investing in technology venture capital funds


Loan guarantees in support of lending to SMEs where there is otherwise insufficient security


Equity co-investment fund investing in women-led businesses


For equity co-investment with business angels’ syndicates; funded by the Regional Growth Fund


Managed by private sector companies investing in SMEs in the north of England funded by central Government, ERDF and EIB.


The Business Finance Partnership (BFP) aims to increase the supply of capital through non-bank lending channels and, in the longer term, to help to diversify the sources of finance available to businesses.


Note that Capital for Enterprise is not able to offer advice to individual businesses on the range of funding options that are available to them.


Legacy Programmes


Other programmes beyond their investment periods, but under the oversight of CfEL, include the Small Firms Loan Guarantee, the Regional Venture Capital Fund (RVCF) programme, the UK High Technology Fund, Early Growth Funds, the Capital for Enterprise Fund and a large portfolio of regional funds established by the former Regional Development Agencies.