Research and analysis

Understanding localised policy interventions: start-up loans in England’s south-west

Evaluation of start-up loans scheme in south-west England. BIS research paper 160.


Start-up loans is a government-backed scheme to fund and mentor young entrepreneurs.

This research aims to:

  • understand the rationale for the localised approach
  • assess the effectiveness of the programme through feedback from the South West Investment Group, delivery agencies and start-up loan beneficiaries
  • identify lessons learnt