Business Finance

Loan finance may not be the only way that you can raise money to fund your business. For some businesses equity investment – raising capital through the sale of shares in a business – may be most suitable. For others debt finance including loans, overdrafts and asset-based finance may be more appropriate. A LEO Business Adviser can assist you make the right decision for your business.

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Start Up Loans provides access to finance for new start businesses trading less than two years. Operating since November 2013 in Northern Ireland Start-Up Loans has provided over £3 million to over 500 small business start-ups who have been unable to access finance from the banks.

Eligible clients can apply for up to £25,000 repayable between 1 and 5 years at an interest rate of 6.2% APR. Following disbursal of the loan clients can access up to 15 hours of mentoring support to help you in key areas of your business development.

For more information contact Hannah Williams on 028 – 92661160 or email

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The NI Small Business Loan Fund provides access to finance for small businesses, sole traders and partnerships which are keen to develop their business, but find it difficult to access funding through traditional sources. Since its launch in 2013 it has now provided over £6m of loans to over 270 businesses all across Northern Ireland.

Start-up businesses trading less than two years can access up to £15k whereas companies trading longer than this can apply for up to £50k. Funding can be provided for a wide range of purposes including the following: Working Capital; Plant and Machinery; Commercial Property; Start-Up and Fit Out Costs; Growth Plans and; Stock Purchases.

For more information contact Martina Crawford on 028 – 92661160 or email