Frequently asked questions

What does it mean to be resilient as an enterprise?

It means that you have a plan and supporting structure for your business that gives you the best chance of success. It may be that raising investment is part of this equation, but not always.

How do I become resilient as an enterprise?

You need a business plan which outlines, amongst other things your vision, mission, key objectives, resourcing and financing plans and what impact you hope to deliver.

How much money can I borrow?

There is no minimum or maximum investment size. However, our main investment fund City Funds invests amounts from £50,000 up to £1 million. For more information, have a look at our City Funds page or visit

What is social impact?

Social impact is creating a positive impact on society via purposeful activity. This might include helping people, helping the environment or creating a better economic system.

How do I measure social impact?

This will vary on the type of social impact you offer. A combination of numerical measures and testimonials about the difference you have made via your activity is often a good starting point.

What support do you offer?

We can offer business planning, access to investors and social impact measurement. We also have our own funding solution, City Funds, which can offer grant and repayable finance (‘blended finance’) from £50,000 to £1 million to projects and organisations seeking to generate social impact in Bristol. For more information, have a look at our City Funds page or visit

Why should I use BBRC rather than go direct to a lender?

We have great local knowledge and connections, a wealth of experience and are professional and approachable.

Do you only work in Bristol and Bath?

We operate across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.