North West start-ups secure £16.6m boost

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Start Up Loans programme has delivered £16.6m of funding through 1,269 loans in the North West in the 2023/24 financial year - The distribution of Start Up Loans to Greater Manchester secures it the title of most entrepreneurial place outside of London for Start Up Loans recipients, as it received £6,928,671 across 518 businesses

Businesses in the North West received £16.6m of Start Up Loan funding from the British Business Bank last year. The local authority areas within the North West whose businesses received the highest value of loans included Manchester, Cheshire East, Liverpool and Wirral.

New data from the Bank reveals that in the 2023/24 financial year, it provided 1,269 businesses in the North West with funding.

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Within the North West region, Greater Manchester has been dubbed the most entrepreneurial place outside of London, after the Bank announced it provided almost £7m worth of Start Up Loan funding to businesses across Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Greater Manchester secures the title of most entrepreneurial outside of LondonGreater Manchester secures the title of most entrepreneurial outside of London
Greater Manchester secures the title of most entrepreneurial outside of London

Funding to entrepreneurs in the Manchester local authority area was distributed to 143 businesses, with an average loan of £13,565. Cheshire East followed closely behind, with more than £1.3m being provided to 91 businesses – an average loan of £14,658 per business.

North West businesses across a range of sectors received a Start Up Loan this year, including sustainable subscription services platform, Wuva, ecological consultants Evelyn Ecology, and award-winning dessert business Layers Treats.

Here is a full breakdown of Start Up Loans to the top 10 local authority areas in the North West last financial year:

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Loans to business founders in the North West

Local authority

Loans Made

Value (£)

Average (£)





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Delyth Edwards, Senior Network Manager for the North West at the British Business Bank, said: “I am incredibly proud of the impact the Start Up Loans programme is having on businesses in the North West. We’ve seen some brilliant examples of businesses who have received funding, all of which showcase the importance of regional financial support in unlocking the potential of North West-based entrepreneurs.

“The 2023-24 financial year was Start Up Loans’ best ever in terms of the amount of financing provided to business owners based in the North West, and we want to continue to support businesses in the region. More than that, we want to help founders overcome barriers that may emerge when accessing finance and to help underrepresented groups who may otherwise struggle to start a business.”

The Start Up Loans programme helps people start or grow their business and is part of the government-owned British Business Bank’s remit to make finance markets work better for smaller businesses. The programme offers loans of up to £25,000 at a fixed interest rate of 6% per annum, to be repaid over one to five years. The Start Up Loans programme also offers 12 months of free business mentoring and support to successful applicants.

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