Virgin Start Up is delivered by BBV across the North West of England


Bolton Business Ventures (‘BBV’) is a Local Enterprise Agency which specialises in helping people turn their business ideas into reality by providing impartial and professional advice and guidance, including access to finance, business training, mentoring and support during the start-up phase. The agency has provided impartial and professional advice to entrepreneurs since 1983 and over the last 24 months have have helped over 1,000 new businesses to commence trading.


Ready to apply for a Virgin StartUp Loan?

To get the ball rolling with your application, we need to a few details about you and your proposed business, but before you get started there are a few things to check:


Are you eligible?

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Have you developed a business idea?
  • Will your business be based in the UK?
  • Are you a UK resident?
  • Has your business been trading for less than 2 years?


Have you got the following information to hand?

  • National insurance number
  • Bank details (sort code and account number)
  • Address details (if you have lived at your current address for less than 3 years, you will need your previous address too)


All set?




Virgin StartUp / BBV Success Stories


Zara Cakes -

Zara Cakes was established by Zara Neild who always had a passion for baking and decided to set up her own business doing what she loved, specialising in customising cakes for special occasions. Although highly creative Zara knew nothing about business and turned to BBV for advice and guidance. After attending workshops and meeting the BBV Adviser Zara was helped to apply for a Start Up Loan of £9000 to match her own investment of £17,200. The business has gone from strength to strength with Zara opening a second shop and employing 10 people. Acknowledged as a Virgin Start Up of the week, Zara has also been appointed a Virgin Ambassador to encourage other budding entrepreneurs to follow their dreams.


What support do BBV provide?

BBV is the Virgin Start Up Loan delivery agent for the North West. If you are looking for finance to start your business then a Start Up Loan of £500 to £25,000 may be just the help you need to launch your great idea. BBV can assist with preparing the all-important business plan and trading forecasts that are essential to support a successful application. Our experienced team of Business Advisers will guide you through the application process, sharing their knowledge and experience to ensure that once in business you have the best possible chance of succeeding.

As well as delivering Start Up Loans for Virgin Startup, BBV also manage a portfolio of loan funds for established businesses with amounts up to £50 000. We also have a new Start & Grow programme which will specifically target start-up businesses who are investing to stimulate growth and create employment from an early stage. It will offer a package of support to help those new businesses grow faster, achieve higher survival rates and emply more. The support will include one-to-one advice, business skills, training, mentoring, access to finance support and business planning.


How can I get in touch with BBV?

Telephone: 01204 546600