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British Business Bank

The British Business Bank aims to ensure that finance markets for small and medium-sized businesses work effectively, allowing such businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity.

It uses funding and guarantees backed by the government to bring more private sector resources into small business lending and investment – investing alongside 90 finance market providers such as banks, leasing companies, venture capital funds and web-based platforms. Its commercial arm, British Business Bank Investments Ltd, aims to earn a commercial return by investing debt and equity into providers of finance to smaller businesses and small mid-caps on a fully commercial basis without receiving any advantage from the government.

The British Business Bank supports smaller UK businesses in three broad areas: Start-up, Scale-up and Stay ahead.