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"BFS is one of the great things about Manchester and what they have done is quite amazing, but its probably not something you are aware of. The people of Manchester think it is what happens in every other city across the country but the fact of the matter is it is not the case. BFS is pretty unique in what its achieved so far. So being able to do more work with BFS and the team is really amazing from our point of view."

Tim Sawyer, CEO, Start Up Loans Company

"Our partnership has exceeded expectations resulting in NatWest providing 50 per cent of all funding referrals to BFS, who have provided more than £1m funding in the last 12 months, which would not otherwise have been available to local businesses. Start Up Now demonstrates the strength of our relationship as well and shows the wider business community that we will continue to support local businesses as they develop."

Peter Ibbetson, Chairman Small Business Banking, NatWest