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“Grants are available BUT Not through...”

Written on: 19/12/2014 by Harding1971 (1 review written)

Grants are available BUT Not through www.ukbusinessgrants.org!!! They are no help. None of the grants listed as granted had anything to do with www.ukbusinessgrants.org. They take money up front and move on to the next call. I cannot believe the government who are the main source of grants do not come down on them. It is hard enough to get on without paying £169 up front for information that is in the public domain… Read Full Review

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“Hilariously (almost insultingly) ridiculous!! ”

Written on: 27/11/2014 by reviewhello12345 (1 review written)

I can't wait for my call back now after reading the reviews! This woman (who only gave me her name at the end of the call when asked) who has clearly zero sales experience called me as I was about to go into a meeting so: 1) really bad timing 2) told me I had over 1 million grants available - how insulting is that? If there were 1 million doesn't she think I would have the commercial acumen to find them myself?? 3) Told me the bank will say no - incorrect, its under review by the bank and… Read Full Review

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Written on: 27/11/2014

never mind I have informed watchdog

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Poppy2014's Response to reviewhello12345's Review

Written on: 04/12/2014

I just got off the phone to a woman, who is going to call me back on Monday morning, after reading these reviews, i am going to thoroughly enjoy having a go at her over the phone. Hate people who take money for nothing.

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Written on: 27/11/2014

never mind I have informed watchdog

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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

Cecoates's Comment

Written on: 21/11/2014

i had a similar situation. i was nearly convinced, had my credit card in hand, when she said that they would pay me back the £378 once i received the grant. i asked her how that worked. . . that surely they can't be very successful or they would b paying back all their income. What sort of a business plan is that . . . so i said i would call her back, i needed to think about it. then her dulcit tone changed. she became edgy. didn't want me to cut off. i cut off.

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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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“Review of UK Business Funding Centre”

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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“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 £189? WOW and then another payment of £189 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 !!!!”

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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“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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“If they have your credit card number get it changed”

Written on: 28/06/2013

I had a very unsatisfactory experience with the Canadian office of this company and found a charge on my credit card from the UK office which was not authorized. I have now cancelled my credit card so they can not pass my details to anyone else… Read Full Review

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“Do not use!!!”

Written on: 10/05/2013 by haakon (1 review written)

My advice do not use. These people took us for £231 and was trying to take more money from our card. Altogether they want £448.80 plus charge you £1 a month for accessing the website. I have contacted the fraud department where they were more helpful than my bank. Do not fall for their sales pitch and give them no money you can access the same data online for free from the government. Funnily enough when I asked for our money back they stopped answering the phones, or replying to emails. I… Read Full Review

Kevinox's Response to haakon's Review

Written on: 23/05/2013

Agree Do Not Use!!!

Have just taken me for £264 and will try and take more. They are pedalling deception for profit and personal gain be deception. they answer their phone in Ontario, contact [name removed]. Watch out, I'm coming after you!

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“UK BUSINESS FUND”

Written on: 30/04/2013 by Roz2607 (1 review written)

I've had the unpleasant experience of dealing and being duped by this company. So far I've lost £264. Word of advice if you've also been a victim cancel your credit card or tell bank to block future payments. Can also contact retail disputes from your credit card / bank and try to recover your money. I also called Fraud Police who were very helpful. Lets hope these vile people are stopped. I've learnt the hard way I hope no one else does… Read Full Review

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