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New Oldham-Based Tech Accelerator To Tackle UK “Poverty Premium”

29 June 2017
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Fair By Design Fund, a partnership between Big Society Capital, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Finance Birmingham and Ascension Ventures

Wayra Fair By Design will support up to seven tech start-ups a year, based in the new Open Future_ North accelerator in Oldham The programme will support start-ups seeking to tackle the poverty premium – where people from low-income households pay higher prices for many essential goods and services such as energy, insurance, borrowing, transport and food Wayra Fair By Design is backed by a... Read more

Fresh look for Finance Birmingham

01 June 2017
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Finance Birmingham’s first major website redesign improves navigation and content accessibility.

Finance Birmingham’s first major website redesign improves navigation and content accessibility. We are pleased to announce our new fresh and responsive website. Designed to be more user-friendly, our website has been updated with the latest information about our funds and it’s now much easier to find out information about our flexible investment programmes. Finding access to flexible... Read more

Birmingham remains a regional hotspot for UK entrepreneurs

11 January 2017
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Birmingham remains the most entrepreneurial UK city outside London, according to data released by StartUp Britain

Birmingham remains the most entrepreneurial UK city outside London, according to data released by StartUp Britain. Analysis of Companies House data shows that 14,152 new businesses were registered in Birmingham during 2015 – a significantly higher number of new companies compared to all other regional cities. Manchester follows in second place with 8,712 companies registered, and Leeds is... Read more

Response to March 2016 Budget

30 March 2016
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Sue Summers, chief executive of Finance Birmingham, which provides funding support to small businesses, welcomed the changes to business rate relief

Sue Summers, chief executive of Finance Birmingham, which provides funding support to small businesses, welcomed the changes to business rate relief: “Small businesses are the driving force of the UK economy and in many cases, business rates have been limiting successful firms, preventing them from growing and realising their potential as quickly as they could. “Any measures that help them to... Read more

National £20m Rail Supply Growth Fund launched

02 February 2016
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A national £20m fund to help businesses tap in to the UK’s growing rail supply opportunities was launched by Finance Birmingham on 1 February.

• Loans of £500,000 to £2m available • Aims to support new and existing rail supply chain firms A national £20m fund to help businesses tap in to the UK’s growing rail supply opportunities was launched by Finance Birmingham on 1 February. The National Rail Supply Growth Fund was announced alongside the launch of Rail Supply Group Strategy by the Departments for Transport and Business Innovation... Read more