Business Growth Hub


Access to Finance Service

A free and impartial one to one advice from our team of finance specialists

About the service

Access to Finance (A2F) offers free and impartial one to one advice for Hub clients and partners from a team of finance specialists covering the following areas:

  • An assessment of financial position and funding requirements
  • Development of a business plan with financial and other supporting information
  • Identification of the finance products that are appropriate for a business
  • Coaching and mentoring to develop an investment proposition, a pitch presentation, and the supporting information a lender or investor will typically require.
  • Introductions to suitable finance providers including NW Business Angels
  • Introductions to other business support and financial service providers
  • Support at meetings with lenders and investors

A2F services are also offered in a group learning environment.

What are the business benefits?

Through regular, free, Finance & Investment Ready Workshops, business owners and managers are able to improve their business plans, increase their knowledge of developing financial forecasts, learn about different finance products available and also the legal implications of accepting offers of finance.

Who is it for?

A business that is either

  • Seeking finance for the first time and needs advice on what to do
  • Seeking alternative sources of finance and options available
  • Has previously been turned down for finance
  • Needs advice to maximise success in raising finance eg, advice regarding business planning, completing financial forecasts, understanding the finance raising process, understanding debt & equity finance, improved knowledge of finance providers, introductions required, how to approach a lender or investor, access to Business Angels, etc

This service is available to NorthWest based SMEs in eligible ERDF sectors. Retail businesses are typically excluded and other restrictions can apply. Please contact the Business Growth Hub for further details.


The A2F funding structure enables us to provide our services free of charge to most small to medium size businesses based in the North West (exclusions do apply, please contact for further details).

Contact details

If you would like to find out more about Access to Finance Service please contact:

Business Growth Hub

Tel: 0161 359 3050