Local Services

Made Smarter

Do you want to grow your business with emerging digital technologies? Go to market faster? Cut costs? Reduce downtime? If you're a maker based in the North West, Made Smarter can help.

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Other Local Support Available to Businesses Across Cheshire & Warrington

The SMART Cheshire innovation challenge is offering tailored support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the region to help them develop new products or services and grow, through a 12-week business innovation programme. 

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Finance and Funding for Businesses

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) could provide the funding you need to help your business realise its potential

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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
-Business Support
-Scientific Services
-Access to Expert Mentor Network
- Scale Up Facilities
- Co-working space from £150+VAT per month

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Pledge Partnership enables businesses to work together with educators to provide young people in Cheshire and Warrington with everything they need to succeed in the world of work. Employers can work directly with young people, teachers, parents, carers and youth workers to help the local community identify the employment opportunities available.

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The Digital Skills Partnership works together with businesses and training providers to develop the skills of the current and future workforces to enable them to take full advantage of new digital technologies. It will also help residents and employees across Cheshire and Warrington to acquire the digital skills they need to live in an increasingly digital economy and move into work or to progress in work.

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The Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Business Growth Hub is seeking companies to take part in an exciting rollout of a national mentoring programme. The Mentors are provided by the PLG members who are senior/executive leaders. This is a unique opportunity for your business to gain access to high calibre mentors with global corporate experience to share knowledge, ideas and good practice.

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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)

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Manufacturing Support

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Support to commercialise new products/ services

One to one business support and advice to transform your R&D and commercialise new technology or services.

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