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.
Forthcoming dates and venues:
- 22nd and 23rd August 2022 – Gateway Business Park, Redruth
- 12th and 13th September 2022 – Trethorne Leisure, Launceston
- 22nd and 23rd September 2022 – Tremough Campus, Penryn
Only 20 places are available per course, so please register early to avoid disappointment. If the above dates are not convenient, you can join our waiting list to be the first to hear when new dates and venues are announced.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“The support I received from the Access to Finance team was brilliant! It is well worth the time and effort attending the workshops. I had a concept, but they really helped me develop it further and I gained a lot of useful information, particularly about grants. When starting a business, it can feel like you are on your own. However, this service gives you direct access to experienced finance professionals, which is incredibly valuable. And what’s great is that it’s all free!”
Tom Flatt, Flatt Marine Ltd
“Finance is the most daunting part of starting a business, but the start-up workshops provided me with all the basics I needed to get started, including writing a business plan. The specialists were really helpful, answered all my questions and explained everything clearly. I probably wouldn’t be as far along with my business if it wasn’t for the support from Access to Finance.”
Georgie Cox, Beluga Pods
“I have a degree in business studies, but having access to the specialist support from Access to Finance was amazing. With their extensive experience of working with new businesses, they were able to see things I hadn’t and provide practical advice. They opened my eyes to the grants available and the information on financial forecasting was indispensable. I couldn’t recommend the service enough. The advice is free, but invaluable. It really is a different level!”
Matthew Gajdus, Manta Power Ltd