Ways To Fund Your Business

How to Create a Successful Funding Application

Want to find funding for your business but not sure where to look or how to apply? This workshop is for you!

Affordable funding is vital for small businesses but many who apply for the first time can find it difficult to know what is required to get the best chance of securing finance. In 2020, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that half of first-time borrowers were rejected for finance, resulting in 37% giving up and cancelling their spending plans. By the end of this workshop, you should have the information to avoid becoming one of those rejections.

This workshop will take you step-by-step how and where to apply for finance in order to raise your chances of a successful application.

We will cover:

  • The various loan and grant funding options that you can access
  • What information lenders will require from you
  • What your bank manager (or other investor) will want to see
  • How you should present that information in order to obtain the loan / grant and the best terms available
  • We shall also discuss current grant funding opportunities (mostly outside of Exeter) – i.e. funds that do not have to be repaid.

About  Thrive

The Thrive service  has been fully-funded by the European Development Fund to allow us to offer you 12 hours of free business support through a range of one-to-one advice and workshops with expert advisors and speakers. This workshop forms part of the free support available to you so please visit our Thrive page for the full details.

Please note that there are a couple of online forms you will need to complete in order to attend our workshops. This is a requirement of the funding of the Thrive service and enables us to provide this support to you for free! Links to the forms will be emailed to you when you register but you can also find them here.


Important Information


To be eligible to attend this free workshop you need to be based in Devon or Somerset (excluding Torridge, North Devon, North Somerset & BaNES). If you are unsure, you can check by entering your postcode into the Government Council Checker. You can find further details about the eligibility criteria here.

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The Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service for All is receiving up to £781,965 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council.


Aug 12 2022


10:00 am - 1:00 pm