Our team works with new clients to ensure that their business plans and financial forecasts are de-risked, robust and well-written in order to increase their chances of loan approval. While other loan companies offer money-only solutions, Outset Finance will match successful Start Up Loan applicants with a suitable mentor who will help them navigate any tricky problems beyond finance. They can also attend any of their local Outset workshops or log on to Outset Online for free access to video tutorials, business calculators, hand-outs and other resources.
If a client doesn’t meet our loan criteria, they are referred to one of many partner funder organisations including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), credit unions, high street banks and angel networks.
In addition to this national offering, we also deliver dedicated investment readiness support services to help people prepare for and seek new sources of growth funding, a model we have successfully delivered in both Bristol and Plymouth, where we leveraged £1,200,000 (and counting) of funding for clients through an initial investment of £400,000 by our regional and European funders.