Grants for Growing Businesses
Grants between £3,500 and £18,000 are available to Cheshire & Warrington SME businesses to support identified growth projects that demonstrate a clear step change approach for the business to assist the increase of turnover and the creation of new jobs. The grant makes up to a 35% cost contribution towards the cost of services such as expert advice, coaching or consultancy across a variety of business disciplines. Find out more below.
Grants are discretionary, on a "First come, first serve" basis and are funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
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
Bio incubator office/ lab space
Biocity /BioHub Offers: Modular Bioincubator office and lab space, virtual tenancies, Central support services, Business support coaching for growth (including business support programmes running from 2 days to 12 weeks covering creating a new bio focused business) APV Offers: Financing series A and seed investment (up to £500K) in return for equity or as convertible debt
Identifying Training needs and training packages for SME's
Fuse is an innovative concept in training designed to meet the STEM and Digital skills needs of SME businesses.
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
Grants for Rural Businesses
Is your business planning a project that will grow your business, create jobs and support the rural economy in Cheshire & Warrington?
The EU funded Rural Development Programme for England currently has available Grants of up to £170,000 to businesses support the implementation of projects which are aimed at significantly increasing your business growth, increasing employment and improving the rural economy in Cheshire & Warrington.
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)
Innovation and Leadership Support
SMART Cheshire provides innovation support for micro and small businesses across Cheshire and Warrington. This fully funded programme offers leaders of small firms seeking to innovate a combination of expert workshops and individual coaching, whilst promoting peer-to-peer support through Innovation Growth Groups and individual coaching sessions.
A fund designed to help you increase capacity, drive up productivity, introduce new products or services to your customers and access new markets.
The Manufacturing Growth Fund supports small and medium manufacturers operating within Cheshire and Warrington.
Bespoke training for employees
Participating businesses will be supported to develop bespoke training plans designed around their immediate and long term skills needs, and can also access fully funded training under the programme.
Support to commercialise new products/ services
One to one business support and advice to transform your R&D and commercialise new technology or services.