Business Development

Funding for Customs Intermediaries and Traders (UK) 10th December 2018

Customs intermediaries, traders and small to medium sized businesses completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT improvements thanks to new investment from the UK Government. Following extensive consultation with providers, an £8 million one-off investment will support broker training and increase automation which will help increase capacity of the sector ahead of March 2019. This call will allocate £5...

Funding to Support the Development of Small Charities and Social Enterprises (UK) 6th December 2018

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to early stage charities, social enterprises and community interest groups to help with their development and growth. To qualify applicant organisations will need to have a turnover of less than £500,000 per year. To apply, applicants must register at the start of each funding round (6th December 2018), Numbers for each round are capped and registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. O...

Grants to Help SMEs to Navigate Brexit (Wales) 3rd December 2018

A new fund worth £1million has been made available to Welsh SMEs to help them to prepare for and navigate the challenges of Brexit. Open for applications from Wednesday 28 November 2018, small to medium sized businesses registered to trade in Wales that have been trading for over 12 months will have the opportunity to bid for between £10,000 and £100,000 from the Welsh Government.

Businesses Encouraged to Apply for New Fund to Support manufacturing (North East) 29th November 2018

Manufacturing businesses in the North East of England are now able to apply to the Collaborative Projects Fund following the launch of a £5.1million project by the University of Sunderland. The Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) project is a multi-million pound scheme to support small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) across the North East LEP region, aiming to create jobs and unlock growth. Applications from SME consor...

Innovation Voucher Scheme - Follow on Funding (Scotland) 26th November 2018

The Scottish Funding Council has announced that the next deadline for applications under its Follow on Innovation Voucher Scheme is the 18th January 2019. The awards are specifically intended to encourage existing partnerships that have previously collaborated and jointly received funding. This can include the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher awards scheme or any other funded activity. Businesses in partnership with Higher Education...

Grants of up to £100,000 Available to Support Community Energy Companies (England) 20th November 2018

The Power to Change Trust which provides support to Community business in England has announced the launch of its new Next Generation fund. The fund will provide grants of up to £100,000 to ten community energy groups to work on new business models for community energy in their area. The Trust will hold two application rounds, one in winter 2018 and one in early 2019, and award funding and support to five community groups per round. The fund...

Funding of £40 Million Available for Business-Academic Partnerships (UK) 9th November 2018

Businesses and not-for-profit organisation of any size can apply for a share of up to £40 million to take part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The aim of the programme is to help businesses turn academic research into viable products and services that will lead to growth and future development. KTPs can either build on an existing relationship with an academic partner, or be a completely new collaboration with a university, colleg...

Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme (England) 24th October 2018

The government has committed £30 million for further rounds of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS), which helps farmers buy the equipment they need to boost productivity and increase yields. The first round of funding for small grants was launched in February and the government is on course to grant more than £15 million to farmers who applied to buy new kit. This will include equipment specific to cattle, sheep and pi...

Funding Available to Support Social Entrepreneurs (England) 1st October 2018

UnLtd, the charity for Social Entrepreneurs is seeking applications to its Impact Fund. The fund aims to address one the key challenges for early stage social ventures: getting to access to capital. The Impact Fund will invest in around 35 social ventures over the next three-years. Initially, the UnLtd Impact Fund is looking to support social ventures tackling challenges related to training and employment - including school leavers and apprent...

Loan Funding Available to Make Community Sports Organisations More Sustainable (England) 21st September 2018

A new loan funding opportunity is available to community sports organisations that need investment to enable them to grow and become more sustainable by generating more or new income. Unsecured loans of £50,000 to £150,000, repayable over 3 to 5 years, are available to help the development of new projects, operations and revenue streams. Loans will not cover capital costs but could be an investment to support, for example, a community café...

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (Scotland) 17th September 2018

Small and medium size businesses in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland interested in investing in Gigabit connectivity are being encouraged to take advantage of a UK wide voucher programme. Offered by the UK Government, individual business can claim up to £3,000 towards the cost of full fibre connection or join together with nearby businesses to make a group application with each member able to claim a £500 voucher. The scheme is open unt...

New Fund Launched to Promote Waste Prevention (Scotland) 13th September 2018

To enable small and medium sized business to overcome barriers to implement waste prevention measures a new fund has been launched. Grants are available to SMEs to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the waste hierarchy. To be eligible to apply for funding the applicant organisation must have a base in Scotland and be a small or medium sized enterprise with...

Support Programme Launched for Social Enterprises (UK) 5th September 2018

A combination of business support as well as potential access to finance are available to social enterprises that improve access to employment for those excluded from the labour market. Designed to give social enterprises the chance to grow their business and deliver greater social impact, up to 20 ventures will be supported in 2018. The support is being made available through Unltd’s new social accelerator programme, Thrive. . Eligible a...

Funding to Help Develop Community Businesses (UK) 23rd August 2018

Disadvantaged and under-represented communities that want to develop successful community businesses by issuing community shares, can apply for development grants of up to £10,000 and equity investments of up to £100,000. The funding is available to both new and existing community businesses. The funding is however not suitable for newly formed community groups that are in the early stages of developing a community business proposal. The fun...

New £5 Million Fund for Social Enterprises (Yorkshire and Humberside) 26th April 2018

Key Fund, an investor in community and social enterprises, plans to invest £1m every month for the next five months through a combined loan and grant package to help finance new business ideas or existing business growth for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Grants will be at the discretion of the Key Fund, but typically make up 10 percent of the loan taken. Applicants don't need assets or even necessarily experience, the...