Loans

  • Edinburgh Small Business Loan Fund: provision of zero interest loans of up to £2,500 for new businesses in Edinburgh. http://www.investinedinburgh.com/open-for-business...
  • East of Scotland Investment Fund: match funded loans of up to £50,000 for SMEs in Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.
  • Support for businesses, including direction to these loan funds can be found via the Business Gateway website: http://www.bgateway.com/local-offices/edinburgh/bu...
  • East Lothian Investments Ltd provides interest-free loans (up to a maximum of £10,000 for start-ups and up to £25,000 for established businesses trading more than two years). http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/invest
  • Midlothian Council can provide capital loans to fund growth requirements for new and established SMEs.
  • Loan funding of up to £50,000 is available through the East of Scotland Investment Fund (ESIF) for capital expenditure on expansion and development projects, such as purchase of plant and equipment, working capital, or the purchase, refurbishment or expansion of business premises.
  • Midlothian Business Gateway offers a ‘Start-up Loan’ of up to £25,000 which is available to start-ups and new businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months. Also, Business Gateway Plus is a discretionary grant of up to 50% to a maximum of £5,000 of projects which help job creation and the economic development of Midlothian companies.
  • The Scottish Borders Business Loan Fund offers loans of between £1,000 and £20,000 over terms of up to three years. This is operated with other commercial lending agencies and applicants should demonstrate that at least 25% of the total project cost comes from non-public sources. http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/245/grants_and_...
  • Scottish Borders Council offers loans to start-ups and new businesses that have been trading for less than 24 months.
  • Details of funding can be found through contacting Business Gateway on +44 (0)1835 825600 or emailing info@bgborders.com