Contact person
Victoria Copestake
0115 942 3772

At First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, we understand that accessing finance from traditional lenders can sometimes be difficult, which is why we provide business loans to small businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises unable to borrow from high street banks.

Government-backed and set up in 1989, we have a wealth of experience in how to raise finance to best support you and your business. Whether you're a new start-up or expanding company with ambitious growth plans, see how we can help you boost your business' finance with business loans up to £250,000.

We are a Responsible Finance Provider in the East Midlands and that is because we are committed to ensuring our clients can speak one-to-one with our friendly and experienced business advisers, access key business sector information and trends and, vitally, we provide competitive finance rates tailored to you.

Authorised and regulated by the FCA.

We proudly lend to social enterprises and charities  via the Community Investment Enterprise Facility (CIEF). CIEF was set up to meet the needs of underserved small enterprises that have a positive impact in the communities they operate.



We provide finance to promote the growth and prosperity of SMEs and social enterprises. To date, we have proudly issued £35.3m, helping over 1,780 organisations including 1,100 new start-up businesses.

We realise that helping organisations prosper will have a positive impact on the local communities they serve across the East and South East Midlands and surrounding areas.

Our dedicated team of business advisers, investment managers and assessors, provide an efficient and personable approach to lending. We also assess each loan application on a case-by-case basis, ensuring all circumstances are considered. 

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