A number of charities have sophisticated programmes when it comes to lending or offering grants to small businesses. Some of the main ones are:
“Nesta is an independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. We do this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.”
The charity manages a number of grant schemes such as Digital Makers Fund; a fund of £225,000 with grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 made to organisations that apply and encourage digital making activities amongst young people.
Nesta Investment Management (www.nestainvestments.org.uk) is the dedicated investment arm investing in “social ventures with innovative products or services ...