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Made Smarter is a £20 million government backed programme for North West manufacturers to boost manufacturing productivity and growth using Industrial Digital Technologies (IDT) including: automation, robotics, sensor technology, IOT, 3D Printing, AI and VR. The Made Smarter programme will simplify that process and help SME’s understand exactly how Industrial Digital Technology can be applied in their business to make it smarter.> Read more about Made Smarter
Other Local Support Available to Businesses Across Cheshire & Warrington
Finance and Funding for Businesses
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) could provide the funding you need to help your business realise its potential
Biotech incubator office/ lab space
Alderley Park’s Biotech Landing Pad will enable your business to establish a foothold in the Cheshire region. The incubator provides:
-Flexible Lease Options
-Access to Expert Mentor Network
- Scale Up Facilities
- Co-working space from £150+VAT per month
Start Up Loans
Start Up Loans are government-backed personal loans of up to £25,000 for starting a new business or helping to grow an existing business. In addition to finance, successful applicants receive 12-months of free mentoring and exclusive business offers to help them succeed.
Enterprise Europe Network
EEN can help you do business in Europe and beyond. EEN can help you launch new products or services, access finance, find international partners, expand into new countries.
International Trade Support
The Enhancing SMEs International Trade Performance Programme offers a range of support and funded grants to help the growth and development of your export business. This includes match funded grants of £1,500-£3,000 for eligible companies.
Grants for Growing Businesses
The Growth Hub Grant Support, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provides match funding up to 35% towards the costs of commercial specialist advice for eligible SME businesses based in Cheshire and Warrington up to the value of £18,000
Pre Start/ New Business Support
Offers support to people looking to start a business as well as newly formed businesses looking for support with growth in the first 42 months of trade. On offer is fully funded support (in the form of one-to-one meetings, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and more)
Provides SME manufacturers with impartial expertise to assess business opportunities and barriers to growth in order to make improvement recommendations and identify a possible project for grant support across a variety of business areas; including production efficiencies, sales & marketing, IT & digitalisation, systems and innovation.
Innovation to Commercialisation
A project to support innovation in small businesses through design, prototyping and testing. The fully-funded programme helps eligible SMEs to introduce innovation to their organisations and effectively bring new products, processes and services to market.
Cheshire and Warrington LEADER Programme
The LEADER programme is a unique source of funding for rural areas across Cheshire, Warrington and the Dunham Massey area. It aims to provide capital funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in rural areas.
Cheshire & Warrington Health Matters
The programme helps Cheshire and Warrington businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS.
Offering guidance on pitching and presenting, can signpost businesses to other initiatives and offers regular healthcare market focused events.
Support to commercialise new products/ services
One to one business support and advice to transform your R&D and commercialise new technology or services.