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This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

Virgin Start Up Ltd

66 Porchester Rd, London W2 6ET, UK – 020 7313 2002

Start up loans for pre start or up to two years old, backed by gov funding. The staff are fast, friendly and know their stuff. It is easy to speak to a local contact without having your arm twisted. The local contact in North Yorkshire is based in Scatborough but travels to meet people in Hull and York at least monthly they also help people starting a business who do not need finance, Yorkshire in Business.

I have been working with Virgin StartUp for a fair years now and it has been great. Great opportunities. They made the process of applying for a Virgin Start Up Loan very early on a non daunting process and the follow on support with matching me with a suited Mentor at that time was and has been invaluable. Always willing to offer information and with their support, advice and suggestions it has helped grow my business immensely. The Virgin Start Up team are creative, sharp, having the ability to help nurture and see potential in new fresh ideas. I would recommend to anyone thinking about getting in touch to apply for funding, not to think of reason why they can't; but reason why they can and should: to just do it; you have nothing much to loose and everything to gain! Darcy Ida

Rockstar Mentoring Group

1 Relton Mews, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1ET, UK – 0845 652 2905

These guys are brilliant. I got funding for my company as a result of their help and mentoring. I never would have met the individuals I met, without Rockstar mentors! Thank you guys


Third Floor, Glen House, Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0NG, UK – 0330 017 6352

Very professional and quick there decisions

Brilliant service, brilliant people!