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Empowering North East Businesses to Begin, Expand, and Flourish.

BEF North East can deliver up to £250,000 to your business.

At Business Enterprise Fund (BEF), we're committed to supporting the growth and success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the North of England. Our Sunderland office serves as a gateway for businesses in the region to access the flexible finance they need to begin, expand, and flourish.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we're driven by a mission to provide accessible and affordable funding to SMEs, fostering economic growth and job creation across County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

We are an active member of the North East England Chamber of Commerce and collaborate closely with local business support organisations to ensure that our services align with the needs of the region's entrepreneurs.

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur with a fresh idea or an established business seeking to expand your operations, our team of experienced Investment Managers is dedicated to helping you achieve your financial goals. Our loans are tailored to a wide range of sectors and can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Start-up funding to launch your new venture
  • Expansion loans to fuel your business growth
  • Working capital to meet your day-to-day operational needs
  • Equipment financing to acquire essential machinery and tools
  • Asset purchases to invest in property, vehicles, or other assets

Supporting start-ups in the North East

Our Investment Managers will work closely with you to understand you and your business objectives and develop a financing plan that aligns with your specific needs. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and personalised approach, ensuring that you receive the support you need to navigate the funding process and achieve your business aspirations.

Our dedicated team of Investment Managers include:

For more information on how we can help your business, contact our Sunderland office today.

Supporting start-ups in the North East

We're proud to be the headline sponsor of the Startup North East Awards 2024, recognising and celebrating the region's most innovative and promising start-ups. This sponsorship reflects our unwavering commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit and fostering a vibrant start-up ecosystem in the North East.

BEF North East News

Stay informed about the latest BEF North East news and discover how we've helped businesses across the region achieve their goals. Our news section features inspiring stories of entrepreneurs who have transformed their businesses with the support of BEF funding.

Contact our Sunderland office today

If you're an entrepreneur or business owner in the North East of England, we encourage you to contact our Sunderland office today to explore how BEF can help you secure the finance you need to turn your business dreams into reality. Our team is eager to connect with you and discuss your specific requirements.

Together, we can unlock the potential of North East businesses and drive economic prosperity across the region.

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