Starting a Business

Starting a business can be exciting and daunting in equal measure. Whether you have a new business idea but don’t know how to get started, or you’ve recently started your business but need investment, the Access to Finance team is here to help.

From start-up loans and grants to equity investment and crowdfunding, there are a wide range of finance options available to businesses today. However, finding and applying for the right funding to start or grow your business can seem like the most challenging or time-consuming task.

Our business finance specialists can help you every step of the way, from helping you write a strong business plan and building a financial forecast to identifying and applying for finance.

Free and impartial support for start-up businesses

We offer a comprehensive range of support services for start-ups and early stage businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This includes a series of interactive workshops in various formats.

Finance for Start-ups course (face-to-face)

Our two-day courses are run at various venues throughout Cornwall to provide you with the practical knowledge and skills you need to get your business off to the best possible start. Delivered by our experienced finance specialists, the course covers all aspects of business finance including funding options, grants, VAT considerations, profit and loss, cashflow, forecasting and writing a business plan. Plus, you’ll have the chance to network with other start-up businesses and build lasting connections.

Tailored one-to-one support

If you are an established business and need help with a finance-related challenge or opportunity, we can arrange a one-to-one appointment for you with one of our business finance specialists to discuss your needs. Please email us via

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