Sirius is a business support agency based in Hedon, east of Hull.   Sirius is a private / public funded organisation, originally established by BP, whose objective was the creation of long term sustainable jobs through the provision of soft loans and advice to start-up and growing businesses.

Sirius was established by BP Chemicals Limited in 1999 to create new jobs in the Hull area to replace the 300 jobs lost when their Saltend site was restructured.  The original aim for Sirius was to recreate over a three year period those jobs lost at the site through the provision of soft loans to start-up ventures from a £1 million fund.  The target of 300 new jobs was achieved well ahead of time and Sirius has gone on to help create thousands jobs in the Hull and Holderness area through the provision of soft loans, business guidance and advice.

Sirius has also been further supported through Kingston Communications, and managed its KC Invest fund, which helps to fund media and technology businesses in the area.

Sirius’ track record is impressive, sustained over 15 years, of continuous high impact and quality delivery of business advice, on-going support and provision of soft loans to small and start-up businesses.  It continues to be recognised both the jobs it has helped create but also for the quality of its delivery, as recognised by ‘Customer First’ and other awards.
The staff and its board of directors are committed to Sirius’s long term future and continue to work actively to attract both public and private sector funds to ensure Sirius on-going support for new and growing businesses.

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The People Behind Sirius

Barbara Dawson

Colin Hanslip

Zoe Ineson

Sirius Team

Client Testimonials

I had a great business idea, contacts and knowledge, so why work for someone else? But the banks were unsure about my choice of location for the business and refused me the loan that I needed.


Sirius recognised the potential and gave me a start-up loan. Once I gained the backing of Sirius, the banks started to take my proposal more seriously. Without this support I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do what I am doing now.”


Interiors-thestudio.com has now been trading for ten years. The business continues to expand, setting up an e-commerce website and diversifying into the contract market, offering furniture and a complete interior design service for bars, beauty salons and offices. “Sirius believed in me when no one else would. Now I’m expanding, taking on new staff and giving young people a chance. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible”

Jason Bowers - Interiors–TheStudio.Com

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