How we can help?

Business support

To help you take the next step in your journey, we work with you to expand your business plan and access support from expert advisors.

Expert advice

We work with a wide range of energy and enterprise experts, who can help you in areas including legal advice, financial planning, human resources and understanding your competitive environment.

Networks

By introducing you to Ignite’s community of social entrepreneurs we can help you build your network, explore ideas and increase the impact of your business plan.

What we need from you


About you

  • You run an early stage business
  • You have ambitions to grow your business and make a bigger impact on society
  • You need support to achieve your potential


Your business

  • Has been trading for at least one year
  • Meets a clear social need
  • Has potential to become financially sustainable
  • Is already tracking or thinking of tracking its social outcomes


What you need

  • A package of support and funding tailored to suit you
  • One-to-one guidance from our specialists and relevant experts
  • Access to resources to help get you to scale


Eligibility criteria


We support businesses which:

  • Are at least one year old
  • Are run by an individual aged 16 or over and living in the UK


To be eligible your business must:

  • Be in the energy or energy-related sector
  • Be making a real social impact in the UK
  • Be seeking a minimum of £50k of debt/equity investment
  • Fulfill a clear need and demand
  • Have clear outputs and goals


Ventures are not eligible for investment if they:

  • Are part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or that encourage ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Focus on helping people achieve academic qualifications
  • Are to fund living expenses


Are you interested?


For general rolling applications for funding, simply contact us at ignite@centrica.com and we’ll send you a short application form. When you’re done, email the form back to us at any time and we’ll be in touch quickly.

Please make sure you read our application guidance notes and refer to our definition of terms before completing the form.


Not right for you?


If this package is not right for you, or your business does not meet Ignite’s investment criteria, please check out our other support packages.

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