East Lothian Investments

Developing a Modern East Lothian

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Welcome to East Lothian Investments


East Lothian Investments Ltd (ELI) is a limited company by guarantee with no share capital that is a not for profit organisation. It is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  

The purpose of ELI is to provide small businesses with financial assistance and aims to alleviate access to finance.

ELI is an armís length company of East Lothian Council and the fund is managed by employees of the council but governed by a Board of Directors. The board of directors comprises of two East Lothian Councillors and three private sector business people who provide their time free of charge to the company and who take the decision to award or decline loan applications.  

Loans can be applied for up to £15,000 and are interest free with a 5% arrangement fee. ELI is open to businesses at all stages and all sectors and types of businesses, including start up.



BUSINESS support during covid-19 pandemic 


East Lothian Council and Business Gateway are working to provide support to East Lothian businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Scottish Government has announced a package of measures available to businesses from April 2020.

All information and details are available on East Lothian Council website:

East Lothian Council - Coronavirus


This page is being updated regularly as and when more guidance is released. Economic Development can also be contacted directly at:

economicdevelopment@eastlothian.gov.uk