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Over £75m in Start Up Loans has been delivered to businesses in the West Midlands

Start Up Loans, part of the British Business Bank, has delivered 8,231 loans worth more than £76 million to businesses in the West Midlands. The figures point to the spirit of entrepreneurship across the West Midlands.

Of these loans, 2,304 amounting to more than £29.6m were drawn down in the region since the pandemic began; this equates to 39% of the total value of loans delivered over the lifetime of the programme.

Impressive figures for entrepreneurship during the pandemic show how people have been helped by Start Up Loans to launch their own businesses when conditions in the job market were difficult.

UK RegionLoans MadeAmount Lent (£)Average Loan Amount (£)
West Midlands8,231 76,125,191 9,897
UK TOTAL99,744934,536,1579,369

Top counties across the region include West Midlands County, which received more than £38 million in funding, and Staffordshire which received over £13 million in funding.

Of the total 8,231 loans in the West Midlands, 39% have been to women and 25% to people from Black, Asian and Other Ethnic Minority backgrounds (not including White Minorities). Young people between 18-24 years old have received 18% of the loans in the region since 2012, and 11% of the total loans made to people in the same age bracket nationally since the scheme began in 2012.

Small Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake said:

If we are to unlock economic growth, we need to remove the barriers faced by the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs when it comes to accessing funding and growing their business.


Backed by more than 8,231 loans worth more than £76.1m our most dynamic small businesses across the West Midlands have been able to tap into government support to flourish and fast-track their business ideas and innovations to market.

Sophie Dale-Black, Director, UK Network – Midlands and North of England said:

It’s a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the West Midlands that we’re celebrating such a significant milestone, more than £75m, invested across the West Midlands since 2012. 


I am particularly proud of the fact that we have been able to support such a huge volume of young aspiring business people and their start up ventures in the West, which represents 11% of the total across the entire of the UK.

Nirmla Warwood, owner of Thatch and Stone, Walsall, West Midlands said:

I would encourage anyone who’s thinking of setting up their own business and becoming their own boss to explore the possibilities the Start Up Loans scheme has to offer. The support you receive makes a real difference.