British Business Bank

British Business Bank, United Kingdom

British Business Bank

What is it?

The British Business Bank is a government-owned financial institution set up to support economic growth by making finance markets work better for smaller businesses in the UK. It uses funding and guarantees backed by the UK government to bring more private sector resources into small business lending and investment.

Smaller businesses don’t obtain finance directly from the British Business Bank – it makes its impact from generating more activity by the private sector. The British Business Bank is seeking to increase both the level and diversity of funding options available to smaller businesses in the UK.

What does it do?

The British Business Bank provides finance and applies guarantees through commercial lenders and investors, who use these financial resources – together with their own money – to lend to or invest in smaller UK businesses. It operates right across finance markets, from supporting early-stage equity funding, through the provision of growth capital, to senior debt for established SMEs, and will share in any returns on investments made. It then recycles these back into further lending and investment. Its commercial arm, British Business Investments (, aims to earn a commercial return by investing debt and equity into providers of finance to smaller businesses and small mid-caps on a fully commercial basis, without receiving any advantage from the government.

The British Business Bank supports smaller UK businesses in three broad areas.

  • Start-up – mentoring and funds to ‘be your own boss’.
  • Scale-up – finance for businesses growing quickly or those with the potential to do so.
  • Stay ahead – more funding options and greater choice of providers for expansion and working capital.

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Evelyne - Senior Policy Manager

Fleetbank House 2-6 Salisbury Square
EC4Y 8JX London, UK
Tel: +44 203 772 13 40
British Business Bank