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British Business Bank

British Business Bank

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The British Business Bank is the UK’s economic development bank and we’re here to help your business find a way, with free financial tools and expert information

We’re fully government-owned, but independently managed. We bring expertise and government money to finance markets for smaller businesses. We don’t lend or invest directly. Instead we work with a wide range of delivery partners – ranging from high street banks, to alternative lenders and venture capital funds – to increase the supply of finance to businesses like yours.

Whether you’re a start-up, an established business or looking to grow, we’re here to make it easier for you to find information and guidance around finance that can help you on your business journey. We do that in a number of ways:

  • We work with the Government, finance providers and institutions to make finance markets work better for smaller businesses.
  • We talk to businesses, trade bodies and industry experts – alongside the industry-leading research we’re carrying out – to make sure we’re giving information and guidance that’s fully relevant.
  • We provide independent and impartial information – including guides, checklists, animations and articles – so you can benefit from what we know and find the right path for your business’ development.

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Cisco

Cisco

Cisco is a technology company dedicated to supporting small businesses thrive.

They have recently launched ‘Time to Thrive’ an SME guide to resilience and innovation. Click below to find out more.

The guide shares industry insight and ideas to empower SMEs.

Click here to read ‘Time to Thrive’
Funding Circle

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is the UK’s largest loan platform for SMEs. Founded in 2010, its market-leading and unparalleled Instant Decision Lending technology enables small businesses to apply for finance in an average of six minutes, with lending decisions in just nine seconds.

A wide range of investors are utilising this technology and distribution platform to lend more than £11.5 billion to approximately 100,000 businesses globally.

This is providing small businesses with the fast and simple access finance they need to grow and power the economy.

Click here to find out more
O2

O2

At O2, we’re on a mission to reduce CO2 through the power of mobile and digital innovation.

We’re committed to playing our part in tackling climate change, doing what we can to protect the environment and helping others do the same by delivering more sustainable choices. We’re the only mobile network operator to commit to net zero carbon by 2025. Out of the four mobile network operators in the UK we’re the one to publicly commit to being net zero carbon by 2025, in our own operation.

Find out how we’re building a greener future
Quest

Quest

Quest is part of a group of Leicester based companies who supply a range of business services to organisations and companies across the UK. These include HR and Health & Safety Services plus legal, insurance and tax services.

Quest is the exclusive recommended supplier by the BCC and now work in partnership with 46 accredited Chambers.

Click here to find out more
‘A Thimble Of Water To Put Out A Bonfire’ - BCC On Temporary Visas For Drivers And Food Workers

BCC President, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said: “Government has made clear its priority is to transition from a reliance on EU workers to a focus on the domestic workforce, and businesses have been ready to participate in this, but it is a long-term project. “A managed transition, with a plan agreed between government and business, should have been in place from the outset. Instead, the supply of EU labour was turned off with no clear roadmap as to how this transition would be managed without disruption to services and supply chains.

Do you have enough on your plate running a business? A smart meter could help

Running your very own restaurant, coffee shop or bar might be a dream, but you are up against huge competition, and it can be tough out there. Smart meters send your gas and electricity readings directly to your energy supplier, saving you time to focus on other jobs.

BCC calls for summit to resolve supply chain crunch

The supply chain disruption must not be allowed to worsen over the next few months in the run up to Christmas.

BCC says government must step up on energy supply security

Government must do all it can to safeguard security of supply and ensure that customers and suppliers have access to the support they need to weather this difficult period.