The Government’s Start Up Loan scheme has approved its 25,000th business loan - taking the total amount lent to new firms to nearly £130 million.
According to the Start Up Loan Company, more than 32,000 new jobs have been generated as a result of the scheme since it was launched in 2012.
It provides financial support and mentoring to entrepreneurs looking to set up their own business.
Nicola Weeks from Bedford was awarded the 25,000th loan.
She applied for £8,500 to launch her wedding business, George James Bridal.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.
“ Supporting them to get off the ground and create jobs and opportunities for hardworking people is a key part of our long-term economic plan.
“That’s what our Start Up Loans are all about – it’s great news that 25,000 loans have now been issued, giving people who want to work hard and get on the tools and confidence to turn their entrepreneurial vision into a reality.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The Start Up Loans scheme is enabling thousands of entrepreneurs across the country to realise their ambition and set up their own business.
“Helping businesses to access the funds they need to grow is key to our recovery and through schemes like Start Up Loans the Government is supporting serious volumes of lending to small and medium sized businesses.”
James Caan CBE, chairman of the Start Up Loans Company, said: “The creation of 25,000 new businesses is a significant achievement and everyone should be proud.”