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★☆☆☆☆

“Something didn't quite add up!!”

Written on: 10/09/2014

I looked online and this company appeared. A very quick talking lady called me and explained I was entitled to lots of grants and low/no interest loans. She asked for my card details to take £189 today and £189 in 6 months. I said I'd call back (as this didn't seem right). I was going to be sent a password once I'd paid so I could view what was available! What made the alarm bells ring was the e-mail that she sent, to cover the points she said on the phone, was from the e-mail address ending… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“....ALARM BELLS ....”

Written on: 08/08/2014 by spocksister (1 review written)

I spoke to quite a nice lady today offering lots of grants available. We went through the form together on the phone, I was getting quite excited at hearing at last some funding for my new start up business as a soletrader working from home with a wish for a lovely shop of my own. Then she gets to the part where she wants £189 in two parts, one up front. This is to access these many many funders of grants. My alarm bells started ringing and my heart sank. I fobbed her off with saying I had to… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I spoke to a fast talking lady aswell, she was very...”

Written on: 07/08/2014 by Ryanu477 (1 review written)

I spoke to a fast talking lady aswell, she was very nice to me.. I was asked a lot of questions regarding my business, and was given a figure of 1 million in grants I could receive. 1, 163, 64 to be exact. I didn't pay, said I would give them a call and conveniently stumbled on this site. I was deadset on getting the money together to access the site, but have decided against it, after reading all these reviews. Was anyone else given a figure they could apply for?… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I stumbled across the website for this company earlier...”

Written on: 09/07/2014 by Savvy and Proud (2 reviews written)

I stumbled across the website for this company earlier today, in my quest for hunting down the best funding for my start up business. I left my details and was promised a call back. I was called back by a woman who had a very pushy, loud attitude. She told me that there are thousands of loans and grants available for businesses these days and that my £10k I was looking for, was a very small amount. She said I was eligible for thousands more in grants and loans and since I was, I should take… Read Full Review

Kerry10's Response to Savvy and Proud's Review

Written on: 16/07/2014

Unfortunately we did get duped by this lady, they are a rip off please no one sign up to this, she is extremely pushy... my gut instinct was telling me something was wrong but I ignored it... wish I had not

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Savvy And Proud's reply to Kerry10's Comment

Written on: 17/07/2014

Sorry to hear that Kerry. You could try reporting them to trading standards, I don't know if it'll get you anywhere, but worth a try! Last thing a business start up needs is unscrupulous people duping them for cash when they're obviously in need of it! And not being allowed to get your cash refunded due to t&c's that you don't get to agree to prior to the cash being taken, to my understanding, is illegal!
Good luck with your venture and everything hun!

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Rayg662's Response to Savvy and Proud's Review

Written on: 18/07/2014

Dont deal with these people, there not interested whether you qualify for a Grant or not, they just want your money, you have got more chance winning the lottery, I got nothing after paying hundreds of pounds, in the end I got help and a grant totally free of charge, there no need to pay


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★☆☆☆☆

“As usual, a very fast talking lady, first thing in the...”

Written on: 02/06/2014 by selinap (1 review written)

As usual, a very fast talking lady, first thing in the morning, so it was a little confusing to start, so beware. Then she said I could get access to £10,000-£20,000 funding for expansion of my business, however there was going to be a £189 membership fee (or something along the lines of that), and asked for my card details. I've been on other funding/ grant sites and successfully received grants and there has always been a membership fee, so i wasn't surprised. However, taking my card… Read Full Review

Mtw76's Response to selinap's Review

Written on: 08/07/2014

I can relate to this almost to the word. I called for funding advice and it all sounded promising until she asked for £189 before I'd even seen what funding was available. Alarm bells rang and I told her I wasn't happy about parting with any money after just one call. She said that's fine I'll just move onto the next business who's waiting to qualify for the funding and ended the call! Very suspicious.

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★☆☆☆☆

“I knew they were Scammers!”

Written on: 22/05/2014 by NoahReyes267 (1 review written)

I remember I came across this company about a year ago when I was looking for funding for my business. I called and spoke to a woman who told me I would need to pay almost £200 for access to government grants. At that point I became suspicious why do you need to pay for information for business funding!!! I explained that I also didn't have the money and she told me I had a certain time to apply before the offer was invalid. Im so glad I didn't fall for this. How do they get away with… Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 17/07/2014

Our service does not charge for access to information regarding business funding. Our fee is to gain access to our collected information service that constantly researches details that are publicly available but spread across the Internet, making them difficult to find in their entirety. We do not say we offer information you can't get on your own -- what our service does is save you time and potentially point you towards schemes you may not have found on your own. That's the value our service offers. We even have clients that specifically point this out to us:

“[The] UKBFC was crucial in pointing me in the direction of funding. I may not have found such a great organisation to help me start my dream company otherwise."


"Without it [the UKBFC], I would not have found Pennine Regeneration, and they hold the funding for Lancashire.” … "I didn't know this help was available, and certainly would never have found it on my own."

"[The] UKBFC was helpful because that's how I found out about the loan scheme. Without UKBFC I would not have secured the loan and I would still be looking for help." … "[The] UKBFC is the place to find grants and loans. All the funding options across lots of schemes are organised on [the] UKBFC [database], so I would recommend it."


“The UKBFC, exactly as advertised, provided a go-to resource of funding sources, cutting out the need for excessive searching," he had to say of his experience.” ... "Had I not found the MSIF start-up through the UKBFC, I believe that the process of gaining funding would at least have been severely delayed, irrevocably damaging the company’s short term prospects. Ultimately, the UKBFC was an extremely helpful resource as, by using the search parameters available, I was able to find out exactly what I was eligible for."


" It was serendipity that I found out about UKBFC -- at just the right time for my business to take off" ... "If I hadn't found out about this funding, I'm not sure I'd be as advanced with my plans -- I can't run classes without childcare for example."


"If we hadn't found funding links from them [the UKBFC], we may not have started business" … "Work as hard as you can to find the best, and contact the UKBFC."

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Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 18/07/2014

Apologies. My first sentence above should have read "Our service does not charge for access to government business funding."

We do not provide funding, nor do we approve or deny access to it.

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★☆☆☆☆

“I payed £145 then next day decided did want the loan...”

Written on: 04/05/2014 by Preston167 (1 review written)

I payed £145 then next day decided did want the loan before it was passed to the leader ask for a refund refused point blank and told to read terms and conditions they don't want to know once they have your money please please please don't make the same mistake as me. They haven't even contacted me to see what the probl was awful behaviour I've been to trading standards and I'm prepared to take it as far as I can the manager is not a bit professional… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Beware!”

Written on: 04/05/2014 by 320Abbott (1 review written)

So you get your hopes up that perhaps your business will improve, sounds to good to be true if you ask me and it most probably is. Just to get a log in you have to pay £198? WOW and then another payment of £198 after... So to get any information, first thing you have to spend nearly £400...thanks but no thanks Then when I said I want to research their business I heard "ok, I will keep your details on system until 1pm"...well sounds to me like a bit of pressure tactics... I hope that… Read Full Review

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“What A @@@ Merchant”

Written on: 03/05/2014 by Christianjl308 (1 review written)

This is a copy of an email which I have just sent to UKBFC Dear @@@@@ Please find below some of the reviews which I have found on your company, I was in point of fact looking for your address, but fell upon these by accident, I am very pleased to say the least that I did, How you can TAKE £189 from people who you know very well can ill afford to lose money is beyond me, I did after all inform you that I and my partner were both long term unemployed, and that alone should have pricked your… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Misguiding people by Saying Govt Fund”

Written on: 11/04/2014 by Saj-Leicester (1 review written)

The UKBFC is an independent research organisation entirely unaffiliated with the British government. It helps small business owners and entrepreneurs learn about funding opportunities that may be available to them, and gives advice that may help them obtain money from government programmes intended to help small businesses. If you are considering a government loan or grant to help finance your small business, the Centre's resources may help you find a programme you could use, or provide… Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Response to Saj-Leicester's Review

Written on: 16/04/2014

I'm confused.

You quote our website and claim with the intention of saying we are misleading, so I would indeed appreciate the specific part you though mislead you.

From just looking at what you have provided, I would say that the "independent", "unaffiliated with the British government," and the parts where we say what we provide is advice and resources that "may" help you obtain government funding are fairly clear and exactly on point for who we are and what we provide.

Although I can appreciate that entrepreneurs need to watch their money, the decision of whether you want to spend the money is ultimately up to you, as a wise entrepreneur who is aware of your needs, to spend. In return for your money, you hardly got "nothing" -- you received access to a collected, updated information resource that has helped other British entrepreneurs find funding that otherwise eluded them. Indeed, at this very moment I am preparing a success story for a client who recently received government funding and told me:

"[The] UKBFC allowed me to understand the roles that different funding from different companies could play. I was fortunate to become aware of the opportunities that existed for people in my position. If it hadn't been for UKBFC, I may not be in the position I am today. "

- Jamie Lewis, Inside Music

Once I'm done putting the interview notes together, you'll be able to read Jamie's full story on our site -- along with numerous other entrepreneurs who outright credit us with helping them find the funding they were approved for.

However, that aside, if you believe it was the call with our agent wherein you feel you were mislead and not the content from our site that you quoted that actually clearly explains what you were signing up for, you can contact customer support to have your call reviewed, as all calls are recorded for this purpose.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Ok so I know I am the stupid one - but yes she is very...”

Written on: 05/04/2014 by BryanHowell (1 review written)

Ok so I know I am the stupid one - but yes she is very convincing when she tells you there are over 600 grants to choose from! I lost £189! I paid to login to a website that was actually free to login to! And there were actually NO grants in my area! I am going to trading standards… Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 07/04/2014

I believe you are confused. Our business resources most certainly are *not* free to log in to. If you used the information we provide to then go to a government programme's website, which allowed you access for free, well ... that's what our services are meant to do: give you information that leads to appropriate government websites you can then check your eligibility for funding with.

Also keep in mind that you're misrepresenting our product -- we do not claim it contains details on 600 grants (perhaps you're thinking that way because grants are all you are interested in.) Our services tracks hundreds of government support programmes, which includes grants, loans, and non-monetary support. If there are indeed no grants in your area (which is rare, although it is possible you are not qualified for any of the locally available grants), consider that national government grants are available across all of the UK, regardless of your area.

You also seem to have ruled out the chance of using government loans and other programmes that provide services and resources directly instead of funding. If you wish to do that, it is certainly your choice, but you're potentially missing out on the opportunity to access help other than grants.

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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Mrmichaeltodd's Comment

Written on: 10/04/2014

Bryan - which site did they direct you to please?

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★☆☆☆☆

“Beware”

Written on: 01/04/2014 by TuckerMcClure (1 review written)

Fast talking lady. I gave my debit card details and received an email with login details to a database and the refund policy in the email states "Refund Policy: Due to the fact that our data can be copied much like software, this transaction is not refundable. Usual cancellation periods do not apply once the process has begun and you have accessed the online database." Since I have not logged in I hope I am safe and can cancel the payment. I sent them an email saying the same. I called my… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Do not use defo scam !!!!”

Written on: 22/03/2014 by Cassidydq27 (1 review written)

I also phoned I got exited about the prospect of getting a grant to start a business but the man then asked for 145 pounds to administration fee ...... Sorry but I'm not stupid looks like I will have to save… Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 07/04/2014

It's not an administration fee. It's a service fee for you to access our collected information regarding government grants and loans. We clearly state we are an independent organization that provides a service to help people locate funding, but that we do not provide any funding ourselves. Unfortunately, considering you call our fee an "administration fee" and seem to be under the impression we offer funding, it sounds to me like you've entirely mistaken what the UKBFC does and are basing your review on that false conclusion that you thought we'd be handing grant money over to you. If you call our client support, we can listen to the call you had with our agent to determine if you were misled in this regard by the agent in question.

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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★☆☆☆☆

“Similarly, I handed my details over today. 10 minutes...”

Written on: 18/02/2014

Similarly, I handed my details over today. 10 minutes later called back to cancel and was told not possible, outrageous. Will be taking legal action… Read Full Review

Alb22's Comment

Written on: 05/03/2014

Hi, so did they refund your payment? ive been looking into this company to help start my own business, any suggestions now or advice?
Thankyou.

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Ohdear99's Comment

Written on: 05/03/2014

After a lot of hassle speaking to my bank, cancelling future outgoings to them and speaking with the Citizens Advice - yes I obtained a refund.
But the woman on the telephone line clearly believed she is exempt from adhering to any legalities or company policies, obviously she is on commission and greedy enough to lie to customers about cooling off periods. To be told an outright no to a refund or delayed payment instantly made me feel uncomfortable, like I had just been tricked, and hence I looked for a swift exit and full refund through alternative routes.
I would be careful when using this company, try to seek funding elsewhere, there are plenty of government funded loans available and grants too...though the grants in my experience are quite hard to obtain and tend to be in specialist fields.
Bottom line is DO NOT hand over your details - any company asking for money from you, in order for you to get a startup loan or grant, is essentially charging you a fee for something that is available for free... look around, go to events, and beware!

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Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 07/04/2014

You are misrepresenting our services. We do not charge you for a grant or loan. We charge you to access our resources that collect and compile details on government support programmes, including grants and loans, that are available to entrepreneurs across the UK. The information is available elsewhere, but is dispersed across the respective agencies and is often difficult for people to locate everything they may be able to apply for. We are entirely independent from the government, so we do not supply grants or loans ourselves.

Also, please be aware that your belief that cooling off regulations apply to all services and goods is false. Our service is exempt because it provides data, which can be copied within that cooling period, if someone so chose, allowing them to make use of our service for free if they chose to be dishonest. This is why, if you sign into our service, you are made aware of this fact when you agree to our terms and services. Only by not accessing the service at all does the cooling off period remain in effect.

And, lastly, if you called back the representative you were on the phone with when you signed on to our services, she was correct: she cannot refund you. That is not her job, and she does not have access to that aspect of the business. You would need to contact client support to see if you are still able to cancel the service (meaning you've not logged into the service and your cooling off period is still in affect.)

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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★☆☆☆☆

“Cancel your card to dispute this transaction”

Written on: 07/02/2014

Well reading below i now feel a fool, wish i googled this review when on the phone to them. As the login details did not work, rather than waiting i searched for reviews, came across this site and called my bank straight away. As i willingly gave my card details it cannot be classed as fraud and so I have to dispute the transaction. As i was quick enough the transaction has not gone through yet. So I have had to cancel my card to stop it due to it not being fraud. … Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 07/04/2014

It takes time to activate your account, as you would have been informed of upon making your purchase. It can sometimes take up to 24 hours (a brief wait considering access is purchased for a year.) So, if your login details did not work, that's not fraud -- that is either you trying to login before your account was established, as you'd been notified, or there was an error with your account, which contacting client support would have quickly resolved.

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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Saj-Leicester's Comment

Written on: 11/04/2014

I have notified my bank and put the transaction in dispute. Also I will be informing Trading Standard of their practice

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★☆☆☆☆

“They take money out of your account. When you cancel...”

Written on: 04/02/2014 by SillyPerson101 (1 review written)

They take money out of your account. When you cancel the payment, they're suddenly not there. If you cancel through the bank, they just change their details and carry on taking the money under another name. Don't be silly like we were and give them any details. Completely fraudulent… Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Response to SillyPerson101's Review

Written on: 07/04/2014

If you cancel the payment without informing us -- and calling your initial agent won't help you with that, you need to call client support -- we will make several attempts to charge the card you provided because we are not aware of it being a stop payment. We simply know that the money you agreed to is having a problem, so we'll try again. A business in this position is only permitted so many attempts to do this.

However, let's be clear here: we only have access to the credit card details you provided. We cannot keep going to your bank and otherwise trying to charge you because you haven't provided us with the details necessary to do so, and we haven't asked. If you run a stop payment but the card is still active, unless you contact client support to tell us of the stop payment, how do we know to stop taking the money you *agreed* to pay?

That's not fraud. That's us trying to access the funds you said you would pay us, using the method you provided us with by which to charge you our fee.

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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Saj-Leicester's Response to SillyPerson101's Review

Written on: 11/04/2014

Same here. I try to call to cancel and no one answers. I have emailed them and awaiting reply. Informed bank and put the transaction in dispute and cancelled any future payments.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Do not use it!!!!!!!!!!”

Written on: 22/11/2013 by beth70 (1 review written)

More information you find on government website and for free!!!! Plus the information are up-to-date!!!! Don't pay, please!!!! Wasted money!!!!!!… Read Full Review

Miss.info's Response to beth70's Review

Written on: 11/01/2014

Why did you contact them in the first place so you could put them down. You will have your own business one day and lets see if you give your services away for nothing. And how is the money wasted they refund you once you secure acceptance onto any scheme. How is that a waste. I wonder what type of boss you are going to be? Very negative people here. The company is not doing anything wrong apart from educating you and most dont know anything and then you all think your clever - clueless.

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Saj-Leicester's Response to beth70's Review

Written on: 11/04/2014

Contact your local council for any Govt. Grant and Loan information. It's free.

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Ukbfc's Response to beth70's Review

Written on: 07/04/2014

The government does indeed freely provide the information we collect -- but it then spreads it out across every programme's individual websites and expects you to go find it all. Our services are meant to save you time and effort, not provide you with any unique information.

Let me ask you this, Beth: how much time do you attach to a single hour of your day? As of today, at the time that I post this, there are 595 unique programmes in the UK at the national, regional, and local levels. How long do you think it would take to locate all those programmes and verify if you were or were not qualified for them? For that matter, are you telling me you're certain you'd locate them all to check their details in the first place? How many hours do you think that would take?

Considering how much value you put on one hour of your time, how much wasted money would that tally up to compared to the cost of accessing our service, which is for a full year?

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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★☆☆☆☆

“Thanks for the reviews”

Written on: 08/10/2013 by Funding (1 review written)

Thank you all for the reviews. After speaking to a women that is on linked in , I was a bit miffed, she spoke very fast, asked me if I understood a few times, then dropped a sum of £189 to access the web site to apply for a loan/grant, this was a brief explanation, and carried on asking for my address and email which she already had! She then came back to this random amount she she assured me I would get the tax back on it. When I said I didn't have the money for it right now she told me that… Read Full Review

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“I was so excited to find out that there was a possible...”

Written on: 17/09/2013 by sadnews (1 review written)

I was so excited to find out that there was a possible life line out there for small business wanting to expand. After reading these reviews I decided to call the woman back who called me and she said that all the bad reviews were from an ex employee which was 'fired' My question is did you all work for the company? Well So much for a life line!!… Read Full Review

Miss.info's Response to sadnews's Review

Written on: 11/01/2014

So they educated you on what was available to you and gave you hope and you decided to follow people you dont know, who have offered you no solution but negative comments. If I were you I would rethink your position as the comments on here are all complaining about the fact there is a fee for services. You cant walk into any business and ask them to take the bread for free because you know how to bake it yourself. Dont let these people move your cheese. Google who moved my cheese on youtube.

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Saj-Leicester's Response to sadnews's Review

Written on: 11/04/2014

No. I am not an ex employee but a victim of one of their workers. Totally rubbish

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★☆☆☆☆

“NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED!!”

Written on: 31/07/2013

Thank goodness for all of these reviews!!! I got ever so slightly (extremely) over-excited earlier today (31/07/2013), when I thought the answer to my prayers - 6 months of hell in trying to secure a serious investment into my business - had been met with a shining light. Unfortunately that shining light was a pot of gold that belongs to a leprechaun at the end of a rainbow in a fairytale that does not exist! After very excitedly rushing me through a phone call to which the lady from UK… Read Full Review

Ukbfc's Comment

Written on: 07/04/2014

Our agents clearly indicate we are NOT part of the government. If you have visited our website, we clearly and repeatedly state we are independent of any government agency. If you like, you can call client support and provide your phone number so we can review your phone call. If you were indeed lied to by that particular agent, we'd be very interested in dealing with them appropriately and ceasing their employment at the UKBFC.

Regards,

Steven Trustrum
UKBFC Content Manager

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Saj-Leicester's Comment

Written on: 11/04/2014

That's a lie. One of your agent said clearly that you are Govt Business Finance Funding Agency. Tell you what though, he was good at convincing me giving false information out of £189 even though I didn't wanted to pay.. I have informed my Bank of the transaction and also informing Trading standard of your practice of misinforming vulnerable people and taking money out of them.. Shame on you.. You have no conscious depriving people who wants to get some help and you are end of line to fill your own pockets.

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