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What We Do

We lend to businesses and social enterprises when banks are unable to!

Our loans can be used for any business purpose, including asset purchase or working capital.

We lend up to £150,000, either as a single loan or as part of a ‘package’ alongside banks and other financiers. Finance packages are becoming increasingly common as the solution to a business’ financial needs. We are able to signpost you to independent Business Finance specialists for advice if required.

Our application process is straightforward. What you will need is a viable business plan and a realistic schedule for repaying the loan. See our Resources page for further guidance on making successful applications for business loans, or give us a call.

Many of our borrowers come back to us over the years for further loans and some take advantage of being able to repay loans early with no penalty.

“I was at rock bottom when ART felt it was worth lending me the money to start Booom TV - with their help I could breathe again.” Raja Khan, Booom TV

“In spite of having a good financial record, we did not fit the criteria for the banks. ART is less restrictive in its lending assessments and very fair.” Keith Noronha, Reynolds Technology

“We’re grateful for the existence of CDFI’s such as ART. In today’s economic environment UK business more than ever need financiers with vision, who are prepared to take a calculated risk and support an entrepreneurial approach.” Jules Morgan, KPM Marine

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Contribution to Policy

As a pioneer CDFI, ART has always contributed to, and featured in policy research, including

Steve Walker, Chief Executive, has contributed to local and national government policy on access to finance for enterprise and served on a number of specialist groups, forums and boards, including the National Small Business Investment Task Force, the West Midlands Regional Finance Forum, the Fair Finance Consortium, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Responsible Finance (formerly known as the Community Development Finance Association). He has also represented the UK Treasury on an official visit to the United States. In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Birmingham in recognition of his work as a champion of enterprise in the city.

The ART staff team continues to share experiences and offer advice, supporting PhD students researching the sector and welcoming visitors from around the world, keen to learn more about micro-finance, access to finance and how to support businesses the banks are unable to help.



“I can’t speak too highly of ART – dealing with them was so easy. The bank came along with a checklist of other products to sell – and wasn’t interested in giving us a loan.”

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Aceon Technology

“ART was fantastic. They came out to see us and they understood. After we signed the contract, the money came through quickly.”

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Do I Qualify for a Loan?

Yes, if the following applies to you:

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