Funding to start up, scale up or stay ahead in the North of England

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If you are an entrepreneur, a start-up or SME located in the North West, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) could provide the funding you need to help your business realise its potential.

NPIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and nine other LEPs across the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley and provides over £400 million of commercially focussed finance to help SME’s start up and grow.


What support is available?

Financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Government, the NPIF provides three different funding options designed to plug common gaps in the provision of finance, giving your business access to the funding it needs to help it grow, these include:


Debt Finance

Equity Finance


Who can apply?

We invite applications from businesses that are based in or have significant activity in the North of England. Eligible businesses may include:


Why apply?

The funding options can act as the boost your business needs, for example by:


How to apply?

  1. Find a fund manager at
  2. Make an enquiry direct to the fund manager
  3. The fund manager will contact you to see if your business qualifies
  4. You make a formal application
  5. Your fund manager evaluates your application and makes the investment decision.



Partner Organisations

Brought to you by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise