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The Access to Finance programme offers tailored guidance and support on business finance to West Midlands SMEs.

The aim of the scheme is to demystify the world of business finance, enable growth and boost the regional economy. It is fully funded – the only investment required is time and energy.

Access to Finance covers topics such as:

  • Loans and overdrafts
  • Asset finance
  • Finding and grant applications
  • Equity
  • Crowdfunding
  • Creating forecasts and business planning documents
  • Pitch decks

Three decades of experience

There are two stages of support available:

  • Stage 1: Business engagement, information and advice 
  • Stage 2: Mentoring support to develop the investment pitch and financial forecasts 

Each stage includes one-to-one support by a dedicated finance specialist.  

Oxford Innovation Advice, which delivers the programme, has been supporting entrepreneurs for over 30 years. Access to Finance is part of the Investment Readiness Programme. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Business Growth West Midlands are funding it.

Businesses in all sectors are eligible

To be eligible for support, your business must be based in Birmingham, Solihull or the Black Country. You must also be looking to grow your business, or require finance for your business. SMEs from all sectors are eligible.

There is a free, interactive taster session in the Sandwell Start Up Hub on Thursday 21 March. This is an opportunity to meet the team and get an overview of the funding options available to businesses.

Are you interested in joining Access to Finance? Contact the Oxford Innovation Advice team to discuss your support needs further:

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