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In brief:
Loan. To support / guarantee banks' loans.
(EIB) Small and medium sized companies.
& (EIF) Business projects which have environmental benefit.

The EIB provides loans to banks and leasing companies to help provide finance to small and medium sized companies. The operators of EIB supported schemes are currently Barclays Bank, Barclays Mercantile, Lombard Business Finance, Forward Trust and Lloyds Bowmaker.

The EIF provides loan guarantees in conjunction, for example, with Barclays Bank's "Environment Loan Facility". Involving EIB and EIF, the facility was designed to assist business to finance investments that produce a quantifiable environmental benefit (energy usage, raw material usage etc.).

Contact: Links:

Business Link: T. (0845) 756 7765 (signpost line)


EIB: T. (020) 7343 1200




Or contact the operators listed above.


Most of this information was sourced from the DTI publication : A Guide to Help for Small Business, (URN 99/1112)


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this page, is accurate, but no legal responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions.

Most of this information was sourced from the DTI publication : A Guide to Help for Small Business, (URN 99/1112). This can be ordered from the DTI Web site:


Or from:
DTI Publications Orderline
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T. (0870) 1502 500
F. (0870) 1502 333
Textphone: (0870) 1502 100


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