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When looking to fund a proposed plan or idea for your business it is helpful to know what grant schemes are currently available and suitable for you. BEST has a dedicated website to support businesses find out about grant opportunities; simply register for the site, free of charge, and even set up alerts for specific funding types to easily be advised of grants when they are released. REGISTER HERE


Available grants:

University of Essex are offering Innovation vouchers to provide funding for SMEs to engage with universities, with the opportunity to foster long-term partnerships. The money will pay for their academic experts to provide you with tailored consultancy. They can help you with: scoping or developing new products solving problems developing your employees carrying out a feasibility study scoping a new business idea improving business efficiency exploring other ways to stimulate your...

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University of Essex are offering Innovation vouchers to provide funding for SMEs to engage with universities, with the opportunity to foster long-term partnerships. The money will pay for their academic experts to provide you with tailored consultancy. They can help you with:

  • scoping or developing new products
  • solving problems
  • developing your employees
  • carrying out a feasibility study
  • scoping a new business idea
  • improving business efficiency
  • exploring other ways to stimulate your company’s growth

£5,000 University of Essex business innovation voucher can be used for projects in any field. Contact  University of Essex and they’ll guide you through the application process. They’ll discuss your company’s needs so you can complete and submit your application, which will be reviewed by our business panel. If accepted, you can reclaim costs of up to £5,000 excluding VAT on completion of your project.

You can apply for a voucher if your business has:

  • fewer than 250 employees
  • an annual turnover of less than £25.9 million
  • no other enterprises holding 25% or more of your company’s capital or voting rights

Priority will be given to businesses that have not previously worked with us.

Download a fact sheet here: innovation-vouchers

Innovation voucher enquiries:

Telephone 01206 872922

Email business@essex.ac.uk

Alternatively, visit their website: Innovation Vouchers

 

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The Childcare Business Grants Scheme was introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It encourages and supports the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant. Those intending to set up a new childcare business can apply to the scheme to: Obtain financial support to help with the costs of getting trained and registered. Access a business mentor, to provide support and advice during the business start-up...

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The Childcare Business Grants Scheme was introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It encourages and supports the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant.

Those intending to set up a new childcare business can apply to the scheme to:

  • Obtain financial support to help with the costs of getting trained and registered.
  • Access a business mentor, to provide support and advice during the business start-up phase.
  • Access business advice tailored to the childcare sector.

There are three types of grants available:

  1. A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises.
  2. A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D).
  3. A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

All costs incurred for the set-up of a business will be considered as eligible. These include:

  • Courses attended.
  • Health checks.
  • Public liability insurance.
  • House or commercial building insurance cover.
  • Additional car insurance to cover the transportation of the children in care, and any additional equipment that is purchased.

The scheme is now only open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and Childminder Agencies (CMAs) in England. These are those which have been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 12 months. From 1 May 2017, a newly registered business will be one registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last three months.

The scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018 or sooner if all funds have been exhausted.

More information here: Childcare Business

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Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to deliver more effectively. Enable grants are up to a total of £15,000 over one or two years, and can reinvigorate charities through funding organisational improvements, development of areas such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. These developments put charities in a stronger position to better deliver...

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Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to deliver more effectively.

Enable grants are up to a total of £15,000 over one or two years, and can reinvigorate charities through funding organisational improvements, development of areas such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. These developments put charities in a stronger position to better deliver services and attract funding.

Applications for Enable grants are accepted on an ongoing basis, and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within six months of the application being received.

What Enable Grants Fund

Enable grants are awarded to charities that meet our eligibility criteria and have also identified clear development areas which will support their growth. Enable grants are not awarded for costs which are considered to be for the core running of a charity – please consider applying for an Invest grant to support your core or direct delivery costs. Enable is not a small grants programme and funds work to support identified development needs.

Enable can fund a range of activity related to the development and improvement of the capability of your organisation, for example:

  • Business and service developments and plans
  • Development of monitoring systems
  • Investigation of mergers, partnerships, shared services, contract diversification
  • Consultancy support
  • Quality standards
  • Development of new income streams and enterprise

For more information please click here: Enable

For information on how to apply please click here: How to Apply

 

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Backed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Essex Growth Programme helps individuals establish new businesses and helps existing businesses to grow through an unrivalled package of business support. What does the programme offer? Free to apply for, the programme offers: Confidential and impartial advice and support through a qualified team of business advisors Guidance in formulating a solid business plan and financial forecasts Discretionary capital grant-based support Access to...

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Backed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Essex Growth Programme helps individuals establish new businesses and helps existing businesses to grow through an unrivalled package of business support.

What does the programme offer?

Free to apply for, the programme offers:

  • Confidential and impartial advice and support through a qualified team of business advisors
  • Guidance in formulating a solid business plan and financial forecasts
  • Discretionary capital grant-based support
  • Access to related programmes for further capital asset purchases and start-up costs

Eligibility criteria

  • Start-up business or autonomous SME looking to grow through capital investment (excluding specific sectors benefiting from other subsidies such as agriculture, healthcare, education, fisheries, forestry etc)
  • Retail enterprises can receive support but are not eligible for the grant

What the grant can’t support

Paying-off debts or refinancing; purchasing stock, land or buildings; building maintenance or renewal; research and development costs, financial investments; salaries, travel, subsistence, training or accreditations; ongoing normal business costs (i.e. business rates, overheads etc.); costs associated meeting with a statutory or legislative requirement.

How to apply

Apply before the deadline by speaking to the Nwes team today:

Telephone 08456 099 991  or Email info@nwes.org.uk

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Grants to encourage businesses in the East of England to undertake innovations around the electric vehicle market. Grants of up to £1,000 will be available. The grants will cover up to 50% of the costs of public or workplace electric vehicle charging points (75% for local authorities and SMEs), up to 75% on home charge units and 50% grant for eco build projects. Who can apply: Businesses across the East of England may apply. Application deadline: vouchers limited Contact EValu8 Transport...

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Grants to encourage businesses in the East of England to undertake innovations around the electric vehicle market. Grants of up to £1,000 will be available. The grants will cover up to 50% of the costs of public or workplace electric vehicle charging points (75% for local authorities and SMEs), up to 75% on home charge units and 50% grant for eco build projects.

Who can apply: Businesses across the East of England may apply.

Application deadline: vouchers limited

Contact EValu8 Transport Innovations on 01707 284740 or email info@evalu8-ti.org.uk for more information or to discuss your idea.

 

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An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 4.2 (Food Processing Grants) – Up to £3.7m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018.  Grants of between £50,000 and £1m are available to good quality eligible projects in the SELEP area.  Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date.  The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme...

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An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 4.2 (Food Processing Grants) – Up to £3.7m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018

Grants of between £50,000 and £1m are available to good quality eligible projects in the SELEP area. 

Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date.  The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme   

This is a national Call taking place across England.  Details of the local priorities for the SELEP area can be found on page 52 of the Call Handbook.  Projects will be expected to make a contribution to both national and local priorities.

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DEFRA’s Forestry Innovation Fund is a nationwide £1 million fund to support schemes that will promote the growth of the forest industry in their region.  The Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG) is financed by this fund. Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG) Applications for the WCPG are now open. Please note WCPG is not part of Countryside Stewardship which provides other funding opportunities for creating and managing woodland. What is it? WCPG contributes towards the costs of...

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DEFRA’s Forestry Innovation Fund is a nationwide £1 million fund to support schemes that will promote the growth of the forest industry in their region.  The Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG) is financed by this fund.

Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG)

Applications for the WCPG are now open. Please note WCPG is not part of Countryside Stewardship which provides other funding opportunities for creating and managing woodland.

What is it?

WCPG contributes towards the costs of gathering and analysing the information land managers need to consider to ensure their proposals for productive multi-purpose woodland take account of any impacts on: biodiversity, landscape, water, the historic environment and local stakeholders.

WCPG ultimately requires production of a UK Forestry Standardcompliant plan for creating the woodland that shows how any constraints and opportunities have been taken in to account.

What is eligible?

Proposals need to meet some basic criteria, being at least 30 hectares in area and showing potential to benefit the forestry sector in the long-term through the provision of timber or other wood products. We will accept applications that span multiple land holdings, though the grant is only available on land in England.

Existing native, semi-natural habitats are likely to have a high value for biodiversity, and for landscape and visual interest. This will need to be compared with the value of new woodland. Moreover there is a specific presumption against the conversion of priority habitats, such as deep peat or active raised bogs. Where the proposed planting is on semi-natural habitat the presumption is that the planting will be restricted to native broadleaved species or it will be retained as open ground adding to the forest mosaic.

For more information and what is the process please follow the link: WCPG

 

 

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What is Get Exporting 2? Get Exporting 2 is a tailored programme of advice and assistance, both financial and 1-2-1, to enable companies to begin selling overseas or to expand internationally thereby increasing profitability and employment in a sustainable way. It is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which has enabled us to provide services additional to our normal operations and grants of up to £3000. What do you need to get out of the programme? Do you need advice? With...

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What is Get Exporting 2?
Get Exporting 2 is a tailored programme of advice and assistance, both financial and 1-2-1, to enable companies to begin selling overseas or to expand internationally thereby increasing profitability and employment in a sustainable way. It is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which has enabled us to provide services additional to our normal operations and grants of up to £3000.

What do you need to get out of the programme?

Do you need advice?
With an export health check and advice from an experienced export professional we can help formulate your international strategy, select markets and decide how to enter them. It is not as scary as it might seem and the rewards can be considerable.

Do you need a little financial assistance?
Would like to dip your toe in the export water but are worried that the costs may not be totally affordable, Get Exporting 2… can provide match funding (50/50) up to £3000 to help you explore your chosen market and find the partners you need to succeed. Alternatively if on-line is your route to market we can help to internationalise your website and get your products onto e-commerce platforms in other countries across the world.

Do you need insights?
In conjunction with our partners we have put together a programme of events, workshops and webinars to deliver insights into different markets and sectors relevant to you.

Do you need additional resource?
It may be that you have a fantastic proposition and global potential but you just don’t have the time to devote to it while you build up your UK operation. For a limited number of companies with outstanding potential to grow and develop quickly internationally we offer the services of an Interim Export Manager to work inside your business on a project to accelerate your export ambitions. This could save you years of market development time and teach you a lot about the nuts and bolts of exporting at the same time.

To be eligible for Get Exporting 2 you must be a small or medium enterprise (SME) and have a strong desire to grow. Places on the programme are limited but if you are accepted, entry is free!

What can you expect from signing up to the Get Exporting 2 programme?

A package of support made up of:

  • International Trade Advisor support
  • Digital online advice on how to market yourself internationally
  • One-to-one meetings to discuss individual needs and formulate your international strategy
  • Workshops on key sectors and markets
  • Meet the Buyer events providing opportunities to develop international sales quickly
  • Market research advice

and / or Grant Funding

  • A maximum of £3,000 match funding (50/50)

Match funding can be used for a wide range of activities. To help you understand just what you can and can’t spend the grant funding on we’ve put together the following criteria.

Eligible Expenditure

  • Design and production and printing of international marketing materials specifically for target markets
  • Internationalisation of website, translation, creation of social media profiles, SEO
  • Consultancy relating to patents, trademarks or copyright
  • Product registration relating to international markets
  • International market research (excluding OMIS)
  • Consultancy to help develop your export strategy
  • Mentoring / consultancy for language and cultural awareness
  • Export professional training and language training for target countries
  • Costs of travelling to the target country and in-country accommodation
  • Subsistence
  • Travel in market (car hire/taxis/buses etc.)
  • Entrance to exhibitions/trade fairs and shipping of any associated products

Ineligible Expenditure

  • Costs already supported elsewhere through DIT
  • Personal items (i.e. magazines, adaptor plugs etc.)
  • Gifts, spa costs, entertaining (e.g. client entertaining/bar bills)
  • General printing in large quantities
  • Creation of a website for ‘business as usual’ purposes
  • Registration of patent, trade mark or copyright for ‘business as usual’ purposes
  • Product registration for ‘business as usual’ purposes
  • On-going membership / renewal of membership to trade body / association or professional accreditation
  • Direct costs associated with exporting (e.g. shipping, warehousing, haulage etc.)
  • Capital equipment (anything that becomes an asset)

Get Exporting 2 can give you the boost you need to expand your business and contribute to growing the Regional, and indeed the entire UK economy.

For more information speak to your International Trade Advisor now or call our Customer Service Team on 01707 398398 or email eastinfo@mobile.trade.gov.uk 

 

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Grants for the Arts has been designed to encourage applicants to develop ideas linked to artistic needs and future plans.  It aims to be flexible and to encourage new ideas.  It also supports activities that engage people in England in arts activities or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work.  Activity must take place mainly in England. Minimum value is £1,000. Maximum value is £100,000 Who can apply: Artists, performers, promoters, presenters,...

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Grants for the Arts has been designed to encourage applicants to develop ideas linked to artistic needs and future plans.  It aims to be flexible and to encourage new ideas.  It also supports activities that engage people in England in arts activities or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work.  Activity must take place mainly in England. Minimum value is £1,000. Maximum value is £100,000

Who can apply: Artists, performers, promoters, presenters, curators, producers and other individuals working in the arts.

Application Deadline: applications may be submitted at any time

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/applying-grants-arts

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What is KEEP+? KEEP+ is a European Regional Development (ERDF) Funded programme supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to access knowledge and expertise through collaboration with universities and research institutions. KEEP+ is a collaboration of eight delivery partners including Anglia Ruskin University as lead organisation, EELGA (East of England Local Government Association); University of Brighton; University of Suffolk; University of Essex; University of Greenwich; University...

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What is KEEP+?

KEEP+ is a European Regional Development (ERDF) Funded programme supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to access knowledge and expertise through collaboration with universities and research institutions.

KEEP+ is a collaboration of eight delivery partners including Anglia Ruskin University as lead organisation, EELGA (East of England Local Government Association); University of Brighton; University of Suffolk; University of Essex; University of Greenwich; University of Hertfordshire and University of Kent.

The programme runs for three years and is primarily focussed on SMEs registered and actively trading within its core geographical area made up of the four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) covering:

  • Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Rutland (Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough LEP)
  • Hertfordshire (Hertfordshire LEP)
  • Suffolk and Norfolk (New Anglia LEP)
  • Essex, Kent and East Sussex (South East LEP)

What’s on offer?

The range of interventions on offer can cover a wide variety of business needs and scenarios, providing your business with flexible opportunities for the innovation of new products and services:

Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEPs) – a three way collaboration between a business, a university and a graduate employee who will work with the business to achieve agreed goals (Limited capital funding may also be available to support the approved collaborative activity).

Research and Innovation Collaborations (RICs) – a collaborative research and development activity for projects requiring more feasibility work and greater levels of research support than a KEEP (Limited capital funding may also be available to support the approved collaborative activity).

Innovation Internships – a 12 week placement within a company enabling graduates to work in a role aligned with their qualification, and giving businesses access to the expertise needed to bring their products or services to market.

How will my business benefit from KEEP+?

Depending on which part of the KEEP+ Programme is best suited to your needs, by accessing the programme your business will benefit from:

  • Access to academic and graduate talent to bring new knowledge into your business
  • Support for innovation and business improvement
  • Assistance for the development of new products and services
  • Greater awareness of potential markets for the development of your business
  • Increasing your competitive advantage and profitability

The KEEP+ Programme is match funded, with part of the cost of each activity being met by the European Regional Development Fund and part by the SME. SME match funding contributions are generally 50% for revenue costs and 70% for capital costs. You will need to satisfy initial SME eligibility criteria to ensure you can benefit from the programme. (Full details are available on the KEEP+ website)

Contact us:

To find out more about the KEEP+ programme can help your business, contact the team or your local delivery partner:

Carole Randall – KEEP+ Programme Manager

01245 684310

carole.randall@anglia.ac.uk

Cheryl Cook – KEEP+ Marketing and Administration Manager

01245 684207

cheryl.cook@anglia.ac.uk

Kayleigh Parkes – KEEP+ Project Finance Officer

01245 684985

kayleigh.parkes@anglia.ac.uk

Visit the KEEP+ website for full details on the programme offer and advice on SME eligibility criteria at www.keepplus.co.uk

Why not follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn? Search for @KEEPPLUS.

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LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which provides funding to local businesses and communities. LEADER funding is accessed through ‘Local Action Groups’ (LAGS) – in Essex there are 4 LAGs, which each have approx. £1.5m available to provide grants until 2020. What will LEADER Fund? LAGs decide which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their local priorities but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities. These are...

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LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which provides funding to local businesses and communities. LEADER funding is accessed through ‘Local Action Groups’ (LAGS) – in Essex there are 4 LAGs, which each have approx. £1.5m available to provide grants until 2020.

What will LEADER Fund?

LAGs decide which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their local priorities but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities.

These are to:

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities

Projects must also be able to demonstrate that they are contributing to economic growth and/or job creation and provide match funding.

How do I apply?

Are you a farmer, producer, forester, rurally-located business or community organisation working in a rural area? Do you require funding towards a project? If you are interested in submitting an application then in the first instance please contact:

Suzanne Harris:

Email: suzanne.harris@essexrcc.org.uk

Telephone: 01376 574335

Simon Maidment:

simon.maidment@essex.gov.uk

Telephone: 03330 136722

 

Website:

www.essexruralpartnership.org.uk

 

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LoCASE is a consistent, accessible support programme that helps businesses work in ways that are environmentally-friendly, with low carbon emissions, and make the best use of resources. The project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness, whilst contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. It will do this by: The offer The LoCASE project can provide match-funded grants of up to £10,000 to: help cover the cost of energy efficiency measures for...

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LoCASE is a consistent, accessible support programme that helps businesses work in ways that are environmentally-friendly, with low carbon emissions, and make the best use of resources.

The project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness, whilst contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. It will do this by:

The offer

The LoCASE project can provide match-funded grants of up to £10,000 to:

  • help cover the cost of energy efficiency measures for any small or medium-sized business
  • enable businesses in the low carbon sector to expand and develop

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to spend on parts and installation costs for items including:

  • light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and controls
  • energy-efficient motors, drives and air compressors
  • heat exchangers
  • building improvements

If your business offers low carbon goods or services, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to be spent on:

  • purchasing equipment and machinery
  • research and development
  • marketing and website development
  • business development consultancy

Eligible area

Businesses in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region can apply for support from the LoCASE project. This includes:

  • Thurrock
  • Southend
  • Essex
  • Kent and Medway
  • East Sussex

Who can apply

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • be considered an SME – employ fewer than 250 people, and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million or a balance sheet not exceeding €43 million
  • spend the full value of the LoCASE grant on a project taking place within the SELEP area
  • secure 60% of the costs of the project in cash from private sector sources before the LoCASE grant agreement is concluded
  • not be engaged in a restricted sector according to the state aid regulations and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) requirements – details covered in our eligibility test
  • not have already exceeded the de minimis state aid limit – €200,000 over 3 years – nor be in a position where the de minimis state aid limit would be exceeded were the application to be approved

If you are interested

Contact The Regeneration Team, Thurrock Council Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL, Tel: 01375 652 271, Email: business@thurrock.gov.uk Web: http://www.locase.co.uk/

Funding for this project

The LoCASE programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. It is a partnership between Kent County Council, East Sussex County Council, Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council and the University of Brighton.

The government’s Department for Communities and Local Government has authority for management of the European Regional Development Fund programme. The fund was established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects that will support local businesses and create jobs.

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The Manufacturing Growth Programme Grant scheme The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help: Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement Work with the best external experts to implement those plans Cover 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth What the MGP means for manufacturing SMEs If you are an SME...

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The Manufacturing Growth Programme Grant scheme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help:

  • Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Cover 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

What the MGP means for manufacturing SMEs

If you are an SME manufacturer, the Manufacturing Growth programme provides many advantages for you, including:

  • An independent business review to identify opportunities for business improvement and growth
  • A detailed action plan guiding you through the process of improving your business
  • Access to matched industry experts to provide consultancy and/or coaching tailored to your needs
  • Access to grants to co-fund your growth/improvement project

How you can benefit

By joining the Manufacturing Support Programme, you can benefit from:

  • Insight into the risks/issues and opportunities for your business, helping you better plan for the future
  • Understanding of what needs to be done to make improvements
  • Work with new expertise to make bring about real development
  • Reduced cost, helping you make the changes you need sooner

How do you get involved?

If you are a manufacturing SME interested in growing and meet the eligibility rules, get in contact with us first, and we will get your local MGP team for a free, no-obligation Manufacturing Review and Action Scoping Session. You will then be guided through the rest of the process by a dedicated Manufacturing Growth Manager.

Who can apply?

To apply you must be:
1. an SME as defined by the EU definition. This means your company or group of companies must have:

a. Fewer than 250 employees
b. A turnover less than or equal to €50 million OR
c. A balance sheet total less than or equal to €43 million

2. A manufacturer, defined as:

“A business that engages in any economic activity directly related to a product or production process they have researched, designed or produced, or otherwise hold core intellectual property in.”
If you are unsure if you meet this definition, please get in touch with your local MGP team.

3. Able to demonstrate the intention to grow/improve – (through creation of increased turnover, increased jobs and/or introduction of new products/services/processes)

Businesses operating mainly in the following sectors are unfortunately not eligible:

  • fishery and aquaculture
  • primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • coal, steel and shipbuilding
  • synthetic fibres

How much grant can be claimed and what can it be used for?

The grant is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the costs of working with an external expert/coach of your choice to implement a pre-agreed Growth/Improvement Action plan. An average project value of £4,000 of support would attract a 35% Grant contribution (Minimum grant applications accepted: £350). Larger grants may be considered for exceptional cases (subject to panel approval) for projects demonstrating significant job/new product growth and higher level of applicant contribution (ie >65%).
The scope of the Growth/Improvement plan will be specific to each applicant’s growth needs and will be agreed in advance with our Manufacturing Growth Manager. It will typically cover:

  • Expert consulting/coaching input – to analyse, recommend and support implementation of a Growth/Improvement Plan
  • Associated other expenditure specifically related to achieving a Growth/ Improvement objective (eg small equipment, preparation for accreditation costs etc)

Grant supported Growth/Improvement projects must be completed, paid and claimed for within 4 months of grant confirmation.

SME beneficiaries are at liberty to select any consultant/coach of their choice provided they can evidence adherence to EU procurement rules requiring them to invite a minimum of 3 quotations for the work and justify value for money in their selection.

For more information please go to their website: www.manufacturinggrowthprogramme.co.uk 

or contact Pauline Prockter on 07973 778 255or via email pauline.prockter@egs.live

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The aim of the scheme is to reduce the cost of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen vans. The grant is part of a wider initiative – also including the development of low-emission vehicle technologies, establishment of a service infrastructure and provision of charging stations for electric vehicles – to promote the uptake of next generation, ultra-low emission vehicle technologies. By stimulating the uptake of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles, the grant will...

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The aim of the scheme is to reduce the cost of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen vans.

The grant is part of a wider initiative – also including the development of low-emission vehicle technologies, establishment of a service infrastructure and provision of charging stations for electric vehicles – to promote the uptake of next generation, ultra-low emission vehicle technologies. By stimulating the uptake of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles, the grant will contribute to reducing carbon and pollution emissions by road vehicles, helping to meet national targets for carbon reduction, and decrease the future manufacturing and purchase cost of ultra-low emission vehicles.

Grant assistance is available to cover up to 20% of project costs up to a maximum of £8,000.

Who can apply: The grant is available to individuals and businesses in the UK. Vehicles must be pre-approved and registered in the UK. Both commercial and private buyers are eligible to purchase vehicles under the scheme.

Application Deadline: ongoing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-van-grant

 

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An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 6.4  (Rural Business Development) – Up to £2m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018.  Grants of between £50,000 and £170,000 are available to good quality eligible projects in the SELEP area.  Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date.  The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at...

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An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 6.4  (Rural Business Development) – Up to £2m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018

Grants of between £50,000 and £170,000 are available to good quality eligible projects in the SELEP area. 

Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date. 

The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme   

This is a national Call taking place across England.  Details of the local priorities for the SELEP area can be found on page 52  of the Call Handbook.  Projects will be expected to make a contribution to both national and local priorities.

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An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 7.5  (Rural Tourism Infrastructure) – Up to £2.6m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018.  Grants of between £50,000 and £170,000 are available to good quality eligible projects in the New Anglia area.  Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date.  The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at...

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An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 7.5  (Rural Tourism Infrastructure) – Up to £2.6m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018

Grants of between £50,000 and £170,000 are available to good quality eligible projects in the New Anglia area. 

Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date.  The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

This is a national Call taking place across England.  Details of the local priorities for the SELEP area can be found on Page 58 of the Call Handbook.  Projects will be expected to make a contribution to both national and local priorities.

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Specialist innovation and incubation centre OrbisEnergy, is delivering a £6 million grant investment support project, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, which will support small to medium sized businesses to develop new and innovative technologies in offshore renewable energy. NEED FUNDING TO GET YOUR IDEA IN THE WATER? Grants are available to support the development and introduction of new products, processes and ideas. Eligibility criteria apply and include: Grant...

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Specialist innovation and incubation centre OrbisEnergy, is delivering a £6 million grant investment support project, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, which will support small to medium sized businesses to develop new and innovative technologies in offshore renewable energy.

NEED FUNDING TO GET YOUR IDEA IN THE WATER?

Grants are available to support the development and introduction of new products, processes and ideas.

Eligibility criteria apply and include:

  • Grant maximum 40% or £50,000 of eligible costs, whichever is the lower.
  • Minimum grant level £2,500
  • Pre-trading and established businesses can apply
  • Businesses must have < 250 employees and a Balance sheet with net assets of < 50m Euro’s.
  • Businesses must be based in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Peterborough.

Business sectors include offshore wind, wave and tidal, other marine renewable energy technologies, and their direct supply chains.

Only costs relating directly to the development and introduction of new products, processes and ideas can be supported.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ITEMS

The grant aims to support businesses to bring new products, processes and ideas to market and increasing production capacity of existing innovative products and services by supporting costs such as:

  • Research and Development costs including specialised consultancy expertise
  • Implement the findings of the planning process such as in areas of new product development, manufacturing and design
  • Collaborate with Research Institutes, Universities and Colleges and source facilities, equipment and expertise to help solve technical problems and allowing further innovation
  • Expert services for Intellectual Property registration, including patents, designs and trademarks
  • Equipment or services that support a technology ‘step-change’ for the business
  • Equipment or services to provide additional production capacity exploiting innovative products or services
  • Alternative uses / markets for waste products
  • To investigate the technological and commercial viability of transforming innovative ideas into new products, processes and technologies
  • For research to acquire new knowledge for the development of new products or technologies, or significant improvements to existing ones
  • To implement the results of industrial research, including the creation of pre-production prototypes
  • To assist with the exploitation costs of new products or processes, including marketing, publicity and attendance at trade fairs

GRANT PROCESS

The grant is approved by a panel who review each application. A business plan and simple application form is required to assess the grant request. Costs already spent cannot be claimed through the grant –pre-approval of expenditure is required. The grant is provided on a reimbursement basis once the full spend of the project has been evidenced.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT

A meeting with one of our experienced business development specialists can be arranged by contacting OrbisEnergy on 01502 563368 or SCORE@orbisenergy.co.uk . An adviser will then check eligibility of the business and costs and assist with the preparation of a business plan and application.

For more information Call: 01502 563368

Email: SCORE@orbisenergy.co.uk

Go online at: www.orbisenergy.co.uk

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Thurrock shop front improvement scheme offers grants to improve shop fronts in priority areas. Businesses and owners of vacant retail units can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 towards external renovation or improvement of their premises. The scheme aims to improve shop fronts as a way of supporting the growth of local businesses, improving the local environment and raising the image of the area amongst local residents and visitors. The scheme is funded directly from the £100,000 High Street...

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Thurrock shop front improvement scheme offers grants to improve shop fronts in priority areas.

Businesses and owners of vacant retail units can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 towards external renovation or improvement of their premises.

The scheme aims to improve shop fronts as a way of supporting the growth of local businesses, improving the local environment and raising the image of the area amongst local residents and visitors.

The scheme is funded directly from the £100,000 High Street Innovation Fund awarded to us by the Department for Communities and Local Government to reduce the level of vacant properties in the borough.

Priority areas

Several areas in the borough have been particularly affected by a reduced level of private investment and high levels of retail unit vacancy. This scheme is available both to existing independent businesses and owners of vacant units that are located within these central retail areas:

  • Aveley
  • Grays town centre
  • Socketts Heath
  • South Ockendon
  • Stanford-le-Hope

Applications

Almost all works that change the exterior of buildings will need planning permission. You must make a separate planning application, with scale drawings that show the extent of all new work. If you are using a professional agent, they will be able to give you advice on the consent you need. You can also use our planning pre-application advice service.

Go to our planning applications web pages to find out more.

You can apply for Shop Front Improvement Scheme funding using the application form from here (follow the link to download). Please read the guidance notes first.

Forms should be returned to:

Regeneration Team

Thurrock Council Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL

Tel: 01375 652 271

Email: business@thurrock.gov.uk

 

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If you are looking to make a capital investment in your business you may be eligible for a grant towards 20% of your project thanks to the new Signpost 2 Grants programme. Created by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, Signpost 2 Grants has been designed to support the growth of its local businesses, offering grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support capital investment projects. To apply for the grant you must be: Located within the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough...

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If you are looking to make a capital investment in your business you may be eligible for a grant towards 20% of your project thanks to the new Signpost 2 Grants programme.

Created by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, Signpost 2 Grants has been designed to support the growth of its local businesses, offering grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support capital investment projects.

To apply for the grant you must be:

  • Located within the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, North Hertfordshire, South Holland, or Uttlesford)
  • Be a micro or SME that employs less than 250 people
  • Seeking to make a capital investment in your business, for example by purchasing new equipment or investing in your premises
  • Planning to grow and employ more staff in the future. As a guide, for every £10,000 grant awarded we would expect to see at least one new job created

Please note: Grants can only be issued against items that have not already been purchased or ordered.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, please read the Signpost 2 Grants Terms and Conditions first, then complete the Expression of Interest form that you can download as a PDF here or a Word document here.

Once you have completed the form please send it to info@nwes.org.uk who are managing the grant delivery process on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP.

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South East Business Boost (SEBB)   Support available: Capital grants between £1,000 and £10,000 SEBB is available to support businesses in the SELEP region to grow. Its focus is on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) and start-up companies.  The objective is to boost companies and increase employment through support, guidance and grants. The project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness. The programme will provide ‘growth grants’ to local...

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South East Business Boost (SEBB)

 

Support available:

  • Capital grants between £1,000 and £10,000

SEBB is available to support businesses in the SELEP region to grow. Its focus is on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) and start-up companies.  The objective is to boost companies and increase employment through support, guidance and grants. The project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness.

The programme will provide ‘growth grants’ to local businesses, creating new jobs and ‘new to the firm’ products. It will also support ‘pre-start’ companies and ‘start-up’ companies.

The Offer:

The programme can fund up to 30% of the cost of qualifying projects, with the remaining 70% being met by the business.

The minimum grant that can be awarded is £1,000. The maximum grant amount is £10,000.

Projects must demonstrate that they will lead to business growth.

Grant funding from SEBB may be used to cover the following types of expenditure:

  • Premises: Business related extension and improvement. These costs are reliant on building ownership/length of lease.
  • IT Equipment and Specialist Software
  • Plant, Equipment, Machinery and Tooling: Costs of and installation of machinery and hardware, and training required to operate it.
  • Specialist Training: Relating to a capital purchase.

Eligible area:

Businesses in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region can apply for support from the SEBB project. This includes:

  • Essex
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Thurrock
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • East Sussex

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • Be considered small or medium enterprises (i.e. employ fewer than 250 people, and have an annual  turnover not exceeding €50 million or a balance sheet not exceeding €43 million);
  • Spend the full value of the SEBB grant on a project taking place within the SELEP region (East Sussex, Essex, Thurrock, Southend-on-Sea, Kent or Medway)
  • Secure 70% of the costs of the project in cash from private sector sources before the SEBB grant agreement is concluded;
  • Not be engaged in a restricted sector according to the state aid regulations and ERDF requirements. Sectors that are not eligible are:
    • Fishery and Aquaculture
    • Agriculture
    • Coal, Steel and Shipbuilding
    • Synthetic Fibres
    • Education
    • Banking and Insurance
    • Membership organisations that are politically affiliated
    • Charities and voluntary sector organisations, that are not using a trading arm
  • Not exceeded the de minimis state aid limit (€200,000 over three years) or to be in a position where the de minimis state aid limit would be exceeded were the application to be approved.

To download a PDF document about SEBB please click here: SEBB Information

If you are interested:

Contact the BEST Growth Hub team today on 01702 417765 or info@BESTGrowthHub.org.uk

The SEBB programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. It is a partnership between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Kent County Council and Medway, East Sussex County Council, Essex County Council, Thurrock Council.

The government’s Department for Communities and Local Government has authority for management of the European Regional Development Fund programme. The fund was established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects that will support local businesses and create jobs.

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Cash grants of up to £150,000 are up for grabs for businesses in Tendring to grow, flourish and create new jobs. The money is available now to new and existing firms within the area – and starts from £3,000. Firms will need to be able to put up some of their own funding, 75 per cent for existing businesses and 50 per cent for those starting up. Who can apply: Those SME’s eligible for funding need to be involved in manufacturing, engineering, energy, low carbon, maritime or research...

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Cash grants of up to £150,000 are up for grabs for businesses in Tendring to grow, flourish and create new jobs.

The money is available now to new and existing firms within the area – and starts from £3,000.

Firms will need to be able to put up some of their own funding, 75 per cent for existing businesses and 50 per cent for those starting up.

Who can apply: Those SME’s eligible for funding need to be involved in manufacturing, engineering, energy, low carbon, maritime or research and development activities. The areas eligible involve the following electoral wards: Brightlingsea, Great and Little Oakley; Harwich East Central; Harwich West Central; Ramsey and Parkeston, St Johns; Manningtree, Mistley, Little Bentley and Tendring; Burrsville, Harwich East, Harwich West; Little Clacton and Weeley; Pier, St Mary’s; St Osyth and Point Clear.

Application Deadline: applications open

http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business/business-support-development/sme-growth-fund

funding.support@tendringdc.gov.uk

 

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Overview: Explore data. Enhance knowledge. Empower society. The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is leading the way in advanced analytics to help companies explore data, enhance knowledge and empower our society. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Centre provides a range of no-fee business services supported by academic expertise from the University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Kent and London School of Economics to help your company...

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Overview:

Explore data.

Enhance knowledge.

Empower society.

The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is leading the way in advanced analytics to help companies explore data, enhance knowledge and empower our society.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Centre provides a range of no-fee business services supported by academic expertise from the University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Kent and London School of Economics to help your company use your data more effectively.

What we provide:

We collaborate with small and medium businesses to help you find a practical solution to a business problem, discover new opportunities within your sector, and support you to develop an overarching strategy for your company. We can help you understand what powerful data you have at your fingertips and how best to use it.

We apply academic expertise to your projects, bridging research and knowledge in an empowering way. We help identify solutions for growth and improvement through data exchange and collaboration.

We provide specialist academic time, knowledge and expertise to work on a specific issue or business project that you have identified.

Training to ensure your analysts use the latest data tools and techniques. From introductory to advanced levels; through to customised training, your analysts will acquire new skills, working with your data.

Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers to enable you to receive greater support and services from the Centre.

Research placements in your business to provide time, talent and data analytics skills.

Partnerships to transfer cutting-edge knowledge from the University into your company for long-term benefit. These can run from six months to three years. Innovation vouchers may be used to scope out your requirements.

Contact us now to discuss how we can help you.

Website: www.BLGdataresearch.org

Email: BLGdataresearch@essex.ac.uk

Phone: 01206 873859

Address: Parkside 2C, Essex Business School, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ UK

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The Eastern Plateau is now open for applications. Who are the Eastern Plateau LAG? Named after the area of clay soils common across rural East Herts, North Herts, Uttlesford & Epping Forest, the Eastern Plateau LAG is staffed by local professionals representing interests in farming, rural business, tourism and other interests relevant to the programme. Membership of the LAG is diverse, and includes representatives from both the private and public sectors focused upon the rural economy. The...

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The Eastern Plateau is now open for applications.

Who are the Eastern Plateau LAG?

Named after the area of clay soils common across rural East Herts, North Herts, Uttlesford & Epping Forest, the Eastern Plateau LAG is staffed by local professionals representing interests in farming, rural business, tourism and other interests relevant to the programme. Membership of the LAG is diverse, and includes representatives from both the private and public sectors focused upon the rural economy.

The Eastern Plateau is supported by East Herts Council, North Herts District Council, Uttlesford District Council, Epping Forest District Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Essex County Council.

Membership of the Eastern Plateau LAG is drawn from representatives of the FSB, NFU, CLA, CDA, BEHVS, Wenta and other businesses and rural sector organisations.

The Eastern Plateau Rural Development Programme is an exciting new investment initiative that is being administered by East Herts Council. The key aim of the programme will be to invest in local business ventures which operate within a defined geographical area of rural East Herts, North Herts, Uttlesford & Epping Forest. The objective of the programme is to grow the rural economy of the Eastern Plateau area with a focus on business growth and job creation.

How much funding is available?

The Eastern Plateau (EP) Programme is funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), a Programme that is managed by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and is funded by the European Commission and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). 

EP has been allocated £1.8million to invest in local farm businesses, micro enterprises, tourism and community service providers up until December 2020. The EP funds will be administered through a Leader approach and will be managed by a Local Action Group.

Who is eligible for support?

To find out more information on eligibility please download the Eastern Plateau Applicant Handbook.

To be eligible for investment your project will need to fit with the following criteria:

 * Be relevant to one of the six priorities identified above.

 * Demonstrate that the majority of the project beneficiaries reside with the Eastern Plateau area (see map).

 * Be able to secure match funding (the amount needed will depend on which priority your project relates to).

 * Demonstrate that your project will have wider benefits within local the community such as within local supply chains (projects that just support your business alone will be unlikely to receive investment).

How to apply

To help with the process of applying for funding the Eastern Plateau have a dedicated team of facilitators who will help you develop your project idea and guide you through the application process.

Please contact our facilitators for a confidential discussion on how your project might be eligible for funding from the Eastern Plateau Programme.

Kari Hall

Eastern Plateau Programme Facilitator

Email: kari.hall@eastherts.gov.uk

Tel: 01992 531618

Mob: 07740 478660

Website: Eastern Plateau Programme

 

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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s innovation network and a network partner of InnovateUK. KTN specialises in cross-sector collaboration and can help companies to facilitate connections to other business, academics and other innovation support providers. KTN can help companies to find new markets for their innovative products and services, and find new solutions to their challenges that could come from a different market or area of technology. KTN is helping companies to...

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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s innovation network and a network partner of InnovateUK. KTN specialises in cross-sector collaboration and can help companies to facilitate connections to other business, academics and other innovation support providers. KTN can help companies to find new markets for their innovative products and services, and find new solutions to their challenges that could come from a different market or area of technology. KTN is helping companies to access public and private funding.

Website: https://ktn-uk.co.uk 

Telephone: 03333 403250

Email: enquiries@ktn-uk.org

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The aim of the Trust is to provide practical and financial support to young people in the UK that are not in work, education or training. The scheme helps develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training. The maximum grant assistance available is £3,000 although this varies by programme. Loans of up to £5,000 are also available. Who can apply: The Prince’s Trust programmes are available to individuals in the UK, aged 14-30. ...

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The aim of the Trust is to provide practical and financial support to young people in the UK that are not in work, education or training. The scheme helps develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.

The maximum grant assistance available is £3,000 although this varies by programme. Loans of up to £5,000 are also available.

Who can apply: The Prince’s Trust programmes are available to individuals in the UK, aged 14-30.  The Trust has four target groups within this age range.  Programmes are available to people that fall within the following groups:

  • Young people under-achieving in education.
  • Young people leaving care.
  • Young offenders and ex-offenders.
  • Unemployed young people.

Application Deadline: ongoing

http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

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Grants and loans to enable organisations in England to introduce business models and processes which make more efficient use of material resources. Examples include product reuse, repair and upgrading services (eg through leasing), and materials recovery and reuse by the manufacturer. Textiles, electricals and furniture are the priority materials to reduce their environmental impacts, the quantity of products going to waste and the UK’s reliance on the resources required to make these...

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Grants and loans to enable organisations in England to introduce business models and processes which make more efficient use of material resources. Examples include product reuse, repair and upgrading services (eg through leasing), and materials recovery and reuse by the manufacturer.

Textiles, electricals and furniture are the priority materials to reduce their environmental impacts, the quantity of products going to waste and the UK’s reliance on the resources required to make these products. However WRAP will consider applications of other materials that also demonstrate significant environmental benefits.

For businesses interested in re-use and repair of textiles, electricals and furniture specifically, the following support is available:

  • Grants of up to £50,000 eg for equipment
  • Business development support, eg marketing and financial planning
  • Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million.

Who can apply: The Loan Fund operates in England and is open to organisations operating in England and business models. Applicants may include businesses, social enterprises and local authorities. Applications will be invited in phases for different types of activity.

Application Deadline: Applications may usually be submitted at any time.

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/wplf – (need to login to view grant)

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