East Lothian Investments

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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 £25,000 and are interest free with an arrangement fee of up to 7.5%. ELI is open to businesses at all stages and all sectors and types of businesses, including start up.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest was 29th September and we are now closed for new EOIs for this round of funding. 


East Lothian Investments Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.