Commercially-focused finance to help SMEs in the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley

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Find out what you can get and if your business is eligible


British Business Bank

How much you can get

£25,000 - £2,000,000

Maximum employees



Businesses that are based in or have significant activity in the North of England are eligible.

Additional information

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) is a collaboration between the government-owned British Business Bank and 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley and provides commercially focussed finance to help SMEs start-up and grow.

It combines £400 million of UK government, European Regional Development Fund and European Investment Bank funding to help businesses in the region to scale-up and become a successful part of the government’s Northern Powerhouse vision.

It offer 3 different funding options designed to plug gaps in the provision of commercially available finance, ranging from £25,000 loans to £2 million equity investments.

Funding options

The 3 funding options are: small business loans, debt finance and equity finance.

Small business loans

  • £25,000 to £100,000 available
  • for new or growing businesses to support working capital needs

Debt finance

  • business loans
  • £100,000 to £750,000 available
  • for early stage or more established businesses that can demonstrate growth potential

Equity finance

  • early stage and later stage equity funding
  • £50,000 to £2 million available
  • for start-ups or more established businesses with high growth potential