At different stages of your business, your financial needs will change. On this page you will find links to information about grants and loans, business rates (including rate relief) and VAT advice.
Finance for start-up
Choosing the right finance for starting up – advice from the Gov.UK website on start-up funding (external link).
If you are aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, check out the Princes Trust finance and support (external link) offer.
The Start Up Loans Company (external link) is a government funded initiative that provides start up support in the form of a repayable loan together with a business mentor for entrepreneurs across England and Northern Ireland.
Virgin Start Up Loans (external link) are unsecured personal loans of up to £25,000 for business purposes only and can be borrowed over a period of one to five years at a rate of 6 per cent fixed per year.
Finance for growth
Staffordshire Business Loan Fund (external link) - Businesses in Staffordshire can apply for loans of £10,000 to £50,000 from BCRS. The Loan Fund has been especially designed to meet the needs of viable businesses that are unable to get loans from traditional sources such as banks. It can be used for a wide variety or purposes including working capital, equipment purchase, recruitment and marketing. To discover more visit bcrs.org.uk (external link) or call on 0345 313 8410.
Michelin Development Fund (external link) - unsecured loans from £5,000 at the Bank of England base rate. Although not sector specific, priority will be given to the manufacturing sector, IT, environmental technology and design/development.
To find out more about the various options for funding business growth, browse the Finance and Grants (external link) site map of the Gov.UK website.
Finance for innovation
Advice from the Gov.UK website on finance for Research and Development (external link)
Finance for training, apprentices and job creation
Find help with identifying suitable training courses on the Gov.UK website (external link)
Fully funded training courses to help your business grow are available through Skills Support for the Workforce (external link). Eligibility criteria apply but both basic skills and higher level skills are included in the programme. For more information contact email@example.com.
Find out more about training and apprenticeships on offer from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (external link)
Finance for premises and relocation
Information about incentives available for eligible companies from the Make it Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire team (external link).
If you wish to carry out improvements to a listed building, or are based in a conservation area in Newcastle town centre, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Council's heritage buildings and conservation area grant scheme.
The Rural Enterprise Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £65,000 to small and medium businesses to sympathetically convert under-utilised buildings or construct new builds in order to increase the number of productive workspaces and create jobs in rural areas. Eligible end uses include manufacturing, creative industries or service businesses and office premises but not retail, agriculture, tourism or residential end uses. Check the website for geographical eligibility.
Finance for environmental efficiency
Re:think Energy Project (external link) is a programme of support to assist businesses in rural areas in the development of renewable energy technology as manufacturers, suppliers, service providers or as end users of installed technology.
The Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (external link) offers business loans for equipment upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of the business, thereby reducing overheads.
Low Carbon Enterprise Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to small and medium businesses within the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP area. These are capital grants to help make your business low carbon and revenue grants for specialist advice. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance for rural businesses
The Rural Enterprise Programme (external link) operates across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire’s rural areas, including parts of Newcastle Borough.Grants worth up to £65,000 are available to help small and medium businesses across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire to convert under-utilised buildings or construct new workspaces in order to increase productivity and create jobs in rural areas. Grants can be used for costs directly associated with refurbishment or construction of workspaces. Businesses need to be operating on a business to business basis. Eligible end uses include manufacturing, creative industries, service businesses and office premises.
Finance for creative businesses
Arts Council England (external link), through Creative United CIC, operates the Creative Industry Finance programme (external link) designed to assist creative and cultural enterprises in securing the finance and investment they need to successfully develop and grow into sustainable businesses. The programme is open to a wide range of enterprises, from micro-businesses through to major institutions and applications are welcome from charities and social enterprises, as well as commercial businesses.
Advice from the Gov.UK website (external link) to help you identify which VAT scheme your business is eligible to use.
To find out more about the rateable value of your property, whether you may be eligible for rate relief and how to pay business rates, use this link to the Business Rates pages of the website.
Last updated 21 March 2018