Funding

The pros and cons of crowdfunding for small business

Listen to Robert speak on crowdfunding at the Portobello Business Centre You Tube channel. This two minute bite-size video touches on what crowdfunding us useful for, what to do to have a successful campaign and when other more traditional forms of fundraising are more appropriate. Read more »

Published: May 15, 2017.

Giving to Heritage – Digital Fundraising & Social Media for Heritage – 5th April 2017

Digital Fundraising is a great way to generate income and supporters for your organisation. Read more »

Published: March 3, 2017.

O2 launches Environment Now grant programme

The O2 Environment Now initiative has been set up to support young people with developing their own digital ideas to help the environment, in areas such as recycling, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency. The programme is funded by O2 and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of the O2 Think Big Our Bright Future programme. It is managed by the National Youth Agency. For more information and to apply visit the Think Big website. Read more »

Published: February 22, 2017.

Fish 2.0 Launches 2017 Global Seafood Business Competition

This year’s competition has a new structure that ensures diversity and will focus on key challenges. Application period opens for seafood entrepreneurs who want to accelerate growth and impact; over 60 percent of Fish 2.0 finalists gain new investment, partners, or customers. For more information visit the website. Read more »

Published: February 22, 2017.

Giving to Heritage – Final Workshop Covering ‘Creating a Case For Support For Your Heritage Organisation’

Understanding how to create a compelling fundraising proposition is one of the cornerstones of your fundraising strategy. Read more »

Published: February 3, 2017.

Report – Facts and Figures: Legacies for charities

Legacy funding is a key part of the UK charity funding mix. This brief report from NFP Synergy (Facts and Figures: Legacies for charities) has some interesting findings: Read more »

Published: January 4, 2017.

Bright Ideas Fund Open

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund provides early stage finance that you need need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. Support and grants of up to £20,000 are available. Key dates 30 November: First window closes February 2017: Second window opens September 2017: Third window opens February 2018: Fourth window opens For more information and to apply visit the My Community website. Read more »

Published: November 15, 2016.

Shell Springboard awards now open for entries

Shell Springboard is now accepting applications from low-carbon businesses for up to £150,000 of equity-free funding. The submission window is open until Friday, October 28, on the Shell Springboard website. Read more »

Published: September 27, 2016.

Internet of Things: £1 million to support new hardware

Two new programmes will support 20 UK companies with £1m to develop Internet of Things hardware and accelerate its commercial application. Innovate UK has appointed R/GA Media Group and Startupbootcamp to run two new programmes that will help 20 UK businesses to develop the next generation of hardware that takes advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT). For more information and to apply visit the Innovate UK website. Read more »

Published: September 1, 2016.

Most active VCs

Since the start of last year (2015), 811 European VCs have participated in at least one of the 2,680 venture deals completed across the continent, according to the PitchBook Platform. Read more »

Published: August 25, 2016.

Santander Launches Discovery Foundation

The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation to support its new UK flagship community programme “The Discovery Project.” The Discovery Project aims to help people have the confidence to make the most of their future by providing grants to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity: Read more »

Published: April 19, 2016.

Commonweal Housing launch competition to find new solutions to social injustice

Commonweal Housing is launching a competition to find new solutions to social injustices. Under the title Starter for 10, the competition offers £10,000 to fund a feasibility study into an area of social injustice with housing being part of the solution. Read more »

Published: March 30, 2016.

Samuel Wilson’s Loan Trust

Low cost loans for entrepreneurs and small business owners aged 18-40 are available from the Samuel Wilson Loan Trust. Read more »

Published: March 18, 2016.

Stephen Lloyd Awards 2016 now open

The aim of the awards is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas to support sustainable social change. Read more »

Published: March 2, 2016.

Start Up: Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme is a package of support for UK based social entrepreneurs. The programme includes three different elements; an inspirational and practical 14 day course, a business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group and a £4,000 grant. Read more »

Published: March 2, 2016.