NatWest Business Banking | Sources of non-bank finance


In many cases these options can be used in conjunction with other bank lending products.

Below is a selection of the most common types of alternative finance used by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the contact details for those organisations that may be able to offer additional support for your business.

Sources of business funding

 Organisation Contact details How it can help

Community Development Finance Association

The body that represents all the Community Development Finance Institutions in the UK and allows businesses to drill down to their respective geographic regions from the CDFA website to see who operates locally.

British Business Angels Association (BBAA)

Tel: 020 7321 5669


Business Angels are high net worth individuals who invest on their own, or as part of a syndicate, in high growth businesses. BBAA represent c.100 organisations including the vast majority of business angel networks across the UK, over 20 early stage venture capital funds, as well as professional service providers and advisers.

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Tel: (+352) 43 792 2000

EIF indirectly supports SMEs by working with a wide range of financial intermediaries (banks, guarantee, microfinance institutions, private equity and venture capital funds, etc) that provide loans, micro-loans, guarantees and equity finance to SMEs.

European Investment
Fund (EIF)

Tel: +352 42 66 88 1

EIF indirectly supports SMEs by working with a wide range of financial intermediaries (banks, guarantee, microfinance institutions, private equity and venture capital funds, etc) that provide loans, micro-loans, guarantees and equity finance to SMEs.


Tel: 01909 501200

GRANTfinder is a grants and policy database, detailing in excess of 6,000 funding opportunities. GRANTfinder subscribers include local authorities, the voluntary and charitable sector, universities and colleges, housing associations, the health sector and business support organisations.

BBA – Business
Growth Fund

Tel: 020 7216 8800

The fund supports established companies in the £10m-£100m t/o space with strong growth potential. Offering funding of between £2m-£10m in return for an equity stake in the business. Aimed at filling the funding gap for companies whose requirements fall between SME and large company parameters.

The British Private
Equity & Venture
Capital Association (BVCA)

Tel: 020 7420 1800

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. The aim of the BVCA is to aid understanding, clarity and transparency around the activities of its membership, promoting industry to entrepreneurs and investors as well as to Government, the EU, trade unions, international media and the general public.

Prince’s Youth Trust Business Fund

Tel: 020 7543 1234

The Prince’s Trust targets young people who are not in work, education or training. There are numerous programmes to help young people including funding through the Enterprise Programme and Community Cash awards.


Further guidance and advice for business finance

Organisation Contact details How it can help

Forum of PrivateBusiness

Tel: 0845 612 6266



The Forum of Private Business is a proactive, not-for-profit organisation and can assist with every aspect of running a business, from HR and finance to business development. It provides cost-effective, tailored solutions to support, protect and reassure members throughout the business lifecycle.

The Institute of


Contacts for Members:

Tel: 020 7766 8866



Contact for non-members:

Telephone: 020 7766 8888

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is Europe’s largest membership organisation for business leaders, currently supporting around 43,000 members. IoD members have access to tailored research and bespoke business advice on a wide range of issues.

PSBYT – Prince’s

Scottish Youth

Business Trust


The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust leads Scotland in the promotion and support of self-employment and business creation amongst young people.

Federation of Small

Businesses (FSB)

Tel: 01253 336000


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. The FSB lobbying arm – led by the Westminster Press and Parliamentary office – applies pressure on MPs, Government and Whitehall.

Institute of Chartered

Accountants in

England & Wales


Tel: 020 7920 8100


The ICAEW provides its members with knowledge and guidance based on the highest ethical and technical standards, shaping opinion, understanding and delivery to ensure the highest standards in business and in the public interest.

Chartered Institute of

Management Accountants (CIMA)

Tel: 020 8849 2251


CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. CIMA is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards and to maintaining public confidence in management accounting.

Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA)

CEO – Kate Sharp

Tel: 020 8332 9955


The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) formerly known as the FDA, is a UK-based trade association representing an industry with 40 years experience of supplying much needed liquidity to UK businesses. Our Members provide Factoring, Invoice Discounting and Asset Based Lending. The ABFA’s Membership comprises 49 members, representing about 95% of the UK and Irish market.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)


The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) mission is to help create and sustain the conditions in which businesses in the United Kingdom can compete and prosper for the benefit of all. The CBI acts as the premier lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues.

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

Tel: 02476 694484


The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national body for a powerful and influential network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK; a network that directly serves not only its member businesses but the wider business community.

Engineering And

Machinery Alliance


Tel: 020 7298 6450



EAMA represents 10 Trade Associations and is an ‘umbrella’ organisation of like-minded associations. EAMA acts in concert on certain common lobbying  issues and other representational activities. EAMA represent 1400 SME companies, with over 60,000 employees and a combined turnover of over £7 billion.

Finance & Leasing Association

Tel: 020 7836 6511




The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) is the UK’s leading trade association for the consumer credit, motor finance and asset finance sectors, and the largest organisation of its type in Europe.

Quoted Companies

Alliance (QCA)

Tel: 020 7600 3745



The Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) represents small and mid-cap quoted companies outside the FTSE 350 including those on AIM and PLUS Markets. They exist to ensure that the regulatory burden does not fall disproportionately on the sector and to help improve investment in small and mid-cap quoted companies.


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