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The UK's SME Specialist

GLE has over thirty years’ experience of:

     • Delivering finance, expertise and innovation

     • Growing businesses, encouraging enterprise and generating growth

     • Creating places for businesses and people

     • Putting SME culture into practice

GLE is one of the most active and creative supporters of small businesses, working to create jobs, encourage enterprise and equip SMEs with the expertise and resources to compete.

GLE receives no public subsidy, relies on commercially secured revenues and reinvests its profits.

GLE’s activities are aimed at generating a commercial return but GLE takes a longer term view and aims to achieve a ‘social’ return on its investment and services. This is measured in businesses or jobs created, value added, people supported or space regenerated.


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  • Assisted 6,000 companies to increase their exports;
  • Provided start-up, growth loans and enterprise support services to over 5,000 people and businesses, creating more than 3,500 jobs;
  • Lent more than £10m to over 3,000 small businesses;
  • Delivered sales ledger management for over 220 SME clients;
  • Supported small businesses with cash flow funding of £305m; and
  • Created, acquired or managed business and industrial space to accommodate over 350 small businesses.

In the year to March 2015 GLE’s businesses:


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