Business Support

You can apply for pre-investment business support delivered by one of the Forward Enterprise Fund's selected providers in order to help you launch or grow your business or project and eventually access investment. Up to 10 days of business advisory that could include:

  • Business planning
  • Strategy development
  • Pricing
  • Financial modelling
  • Financial forecasts
  • Resource planning
  • Business mentoring
  • Social Impact measurement
  • Governance
How do you access business support?

Individuals or organisations wishing to apply for business advisory funding, start by filling out an Expression of Interest Form.

If you are eligible and progress to the next step, you will be able to choose a business support provider from our list of the approved business support providers (see below). You and the selected provider will work together to define the scope of the business support and request funding support from the Forward Enterprise Fund.

If successful, the organisation will be awarded up to 10 days’ worth of business support over a 3 month period to work with the chosen business support provider.


Business support providers

Bubble Chamber specialises in helping leaders of Social Enterprises & Businesses to solve problems, unlock value and grow your social impact.

CAN’s charitable mission is to help established charities and social enterprises grow their income, become more sustainable and increase their impact.

Enterprise Inspiration is an independent provider of advice and support to businesses and social enterprises.

Eastside Primetimers offer a comprehensive social investment and fundraising service, unlocking loans to help charities and social enterprises to grow, whether it’s money for a new site, for refitting a building, or to raise working capital.

Pulse Regeneration are based in the North of England with national coverage and specialise in providing personalised business support for individuals, social enterprises and charities to help with start-up, developing business ideas/ plans, and securing investment.

The Change Coefficient is a social impact and investment advisory that helps charities and social enterprises scale and maximise their impact. We work with start-ups and established multi nationals across a range of sectors.

Venn Network is a team of specialists that support socially led businesses and charities to accelerate their growth with the Forward Enterprise Fund. We create tailored plans based upon the needs of our clients and their businesses.