Finance and Trading


There are grant schemes for businesses including the sustainability fund and South East Seed Fund. Visit the FSE Group website for more details.
Both schemes have strict eligibility criteria and the first port of call to discuss suitability is
01276 608510
Early stage private investment in your firm can come via one of the two investor networks – Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network (OION – although we all call it Onion for simplicity -; Oxford Early Investments (OEI) ( specialising in high-tech and knowledge based start-ups; and TVIN (, a business angel network for the Thames Valley.
The FSE group runs the FSE Investor Network (FSEIN) in London, Surrey and Oxfordshire, where companies with an attractive opportunity can pitch to their networks of registered angel investors. For more details ring Paul Delahunty
01276 608538 or email him
Export Marketing Research Scheme
Helps undertake overseas market research prior to investing in new markets, eg: where and how to invest, potential customers, pricing etc. The scheme involves advice and financial assistance.
Apply to the British Chambers of Commerce (no need to be a member):
020 7654 5800


Managing Cashflow
The careful management of cashflow is critical during challenging periods such as these. Short guides on managing cash flow, developed by Institute of Credit Management (ICM) and funded by the Government, are available at:
Business payment support service
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will discuss payment options for businesses struggling to pay tax and National Insurance bills because of temporary cash flow difficulties. They will review your circumstances and discuss payment options to help your cashflow.
HMRC Payment Support Line:
0300 200 3835
Sustainable Routes Grant
The Sustainable Route Grant is a project that assists businesses reduce the cost of business travel. For further information please visit the Ngage website at:


Enterprise Finance Guarantee
A Government loan guarantee scheme available from all major banks and can be up to £1m, repayable over a period up to 10 years. Open to viable businesses with an annual turnover of up to £41m. Contact your bank for further details.
Business Debtline
Free, confidential and independent advice on how to deal with business debt.
08001 976026


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