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Business Support

Finance and funding


The Invest Devon team can assist you in identifying the best sources of finance and funding for your business:

Funding search

We can carry out a tailored funding search for you: please contact us to discuss plans for your business.

Devon Funding News – Regular updates on funding opportunities for businesses in Devon

Invest Devon grant schemes – We sometimes offer funding to help Devon businesses to grow and reach new audiences

Funding for rural businesses in Devon

There is a range of local and national support to help you find funding and finance:

Growth Support Programme – EU-funded support package for eligible businesses in Devon & Somerset, including a Finance support option

Finance and support for your business – this is the main portal for searching for government-backed support and finance for business

SWIG Finance – business loans and advice on accessing finance

Better Business Finance – support and a search facility to find a finance provider

GAIN – support services including grant-finder for businesses in the South West

Innovate UK – funding for research & innovation

Alternative funding options

With grants becoming harder to come by, businesses are turning to other ways of raising the funds they need, often with great success:


There is a growing list of crowdfunding websites where you can pitch your idea and invite prospective investors to make a contribution. You can find out more about crowdfunding at CrowdingIn or have a look at our world-leading local Crowdfunding platform, Exeter-based Crowdcube.

Peer-to-peer lending

This is a new way of making a direct connection between businesses seeking a loan and people looking for a competitive return on their investment.

Funding Circle – an online marketplace that enables individuals and businesses to lend directly to other small businesses

Folk2Folk – a South West peer-to-peer lending company