First Enterprise

Helping businesses grow with finance and support since 1989

Since we were established over 30 years ago, we have supported thousands of start-ups and growing businesses across the East Midlands and South East Midlands to achieve their goals.

How we can help your business grow and succeed

We are proud to provide government-backed business loans and support to entrepreneurs, SMEs, and social enterprises who are unable to borrow from traditional high street lenders.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest our profits into our loan fund to further support economic growth and job creation in the local communities we serve.

Business Loans

Business Loans

From £500 – £250k*

Raising business finance and continuing growth is key to keeping the cogs of any successful business turning. However, accessing business loans can be problematic if you are a new business, have missed a payment, or had difficulty accessing finance from traditional lenders.

We offer business loans to help entrepreneurs and business owners across the East Midlands and South East Midlands to flourish and grow.

As a Responsible Finance provider, we always put our clients’ needs first.

*Subject to fund eligibility

Start Ups

Start Ups

Funding For New Businesses

The Start Up Loans Company is a UK-wide, government-backed scheme that offers a repayable loan to individuals looking to start or grow a new business. In addition to providing finance, all start-up loan recipients are given access to a mentor, free training events, and exclusive business offers.

The loan is also unsecured so there is no need to put forward any assets or guarantors to support an application.

Business Support

Business Support

Nurturing Your Business

We have helped thousands of people to take their first step towards starting their own business. Our dedicated team offers a range of advice and support on funding your new business, financing business growth, and how to ensure its success and longevity.

We are committed to helping you at every stage in your business journey.

Our Social Impact


Business Loans Provided

We are proud to fill the funding gap for business owners unable to borrow from high street banks.

Businesses Supported

We offer a range of business loans support to help businesses thrive and grow.

Start Ups Created

We provide start-up loans ranging from £500 to £25,000 to help aspiring and new business owners who have been trading less than 2 years.

Jobs Created

We proudly reinvest our profits into our loan fund to support economic growth and job creation.

*Figures taken from 2011-present and updated quarterly.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Coronavirus Business Support

First Enterprise Enterprise Loans is proud to be a delivery partner for the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) – supporting businesses in the East Midlands And South East Midlands with loans ranging from £25,001 – £250,000.

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Apply for a Business Loan

Loans from £500 to £250,000

As a Responsible Finance provider, we offer business loans from £500 to £250,000 to help entrepreneurs and business owners across the East Midlands and South East Midlands* to flourish and grow.

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Success Stories

Pentrich Brewing Co

Derbyshire Duo Expand Brewery Thanks to £150,000 Investment

Client Success

Derbyshire duo expand Pentrich Brewery in Ripley thanks to MEIF business loan investment.

Tuk In Foods

Leicester Food-to-Go Company ‘Tuks’ into £200k

Client Success

Tuk in Foods has launched a premium Indian ready meal range and online delivery service in collaboration with Michelin Starred…

Social distancing device

Entrepreneur Launches Social Distancing Device

Client Success

Lincolnshire-based technology company, Tended Ltd, has launched a new safety device to help staff socially distance following a £200,000 investment.