Local Services

Accelerate Cheshire and Warrington

Accelerate Cheshire and Warrington is a brand new opportunity to access financial and skills development support to upskill and reskill your workforce. Apply for a 40% contribution towards training costs.

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Other Local Support Available to Businesses Across Cheshire & Warrington

SMART Cheshire

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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NPIF

NPIF provides commercial finance through three types of product funds: Microfinance, Debt Finance and Equity Finance. These funds provide funding options are designed to plug common gaps in the provision of finance, giving your business access to the funding it needs to help it grow.

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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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Made Smarter

Join Made Smarter and you’ll benefit from fully-funded advice from specialist technology experts. We’ll help you identify the right digital tools and use them to make everyday improvements to your business. Up to 50% match funding is available, as well as guidance on creating an effective digital roadmap to ensure the right technology is taking your business in the right direction.
In addition, you can advance your own skills with our leadership training programme.

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Evergreen Urban Development Fund

Investments will be broadly targeted in three areas:
• £8m low carbon to fund energy efficiency property developments or retro fit existing property developments, including installation of solar panels, additional insulation, LED lighting
• £7m research and innovation for new labs and technical spaces
• £5m business support – for SMEs to grow and develop

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Cheshire and Warrington Access to Finance and Grant programme

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Cheshire West & Chester Council & Warrington & Co, the C&W Access to Finance & Grant Programme will provide information, advice & signposting to those SMEs looking to raise significant investment in their business to support their growth plans.

Alongside this advice service the project will provide SMEs with access to grants of between £2,000 – £15,000 towards consultancy projects which will help to unlock their potential and grow their business.

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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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GISMO

Provides cutting-edge ideas and solutions to put your business ahead of the curve in the use, design and manufacture of materials.
Use it to improve the performance of surfaces and coatings, chemicals and chemistry in your products and processes and to develop your capabilities in additive manufacturing.
Gives you fully funded access to the materials science experts at Lancaster University who will help you to:

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Mentoring For Growth

Free mentoring from experienced business people
Up to 12 months mentoring
Available to all sectors across England
To be eligible you must aspire to growth or our intervention will help to safeguard jobs

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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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The Pledge Partnership

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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Digital Skills Partnership

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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Business Growth Programme

Pre Start Support / Business Support for newly created and more established SMEs

Offers support to people looking to start a business, newly formed businesses in the first 42 months of trading and more established SMEs looking to grow their business. 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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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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