National bank Lloyds has announced it is looking to invest £1.3bn in businesses in the North West.
The bank has made a pledge to invest £18bn in UK businesses and £1.3bn will be in the region.
The £1.3billion is available to firms across the North West and will support entrepreneurs looking to start-up a new business, micro-businesses seeking to scale up and small businesses considering trading internationally for the first time.
It will also support established mid-sized businesses and large, multinational corporations seeking further growth.
Last year, Lloyds Banking Group supported Cheshire-based housing association Halton Housing. It confirmed plans to build 1,000 new homes in the next five years, after securing a £60million funding package.