Are you currently unemployed? I've just gone through the governments New Enterprise Allowance scheme. I was eligible for contribution based JSA, so signed on and asked to be referred onto the NEA scheme - I received JSA payments whilst setting business up (has to be within 12 weeks) and then 6 months of NEA payments when I start trading - I'm using this weekly money as my start up capital. There is also an option through the scheme to take out a loan too (although is 9% interest so not great).
Open247 - did you have any luck with any of the start up schemes that MelArt suggested? I'm starting up a business producing and selling a lifestyle drink aimed at women and would love some advice on how you've secured funding for your business if you managed to get anywhere with it.
And if anyone else could share any funding tips i would be extremely grateful!