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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

£10,000 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 £10,000 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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This scheme is intended to reimburse you for the costs of setting up your childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months. Details of revised Scheme from 4th April 2018 We are retaining the higher level of award (£1,000) for childminders who care for children with SEN/D and for new Childminder Agencies (CMAs), and introducing two tiers of...

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This scheme is intended to reimburse you for the costs of setting up your childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last months.

Details of revised Scheme from 4th April 2018

We are retaining the higher level of award (£1,000) for childminders who care for children with SEN/D and for new Childminder Agencies (CMAs), and introducing two tiers of general award:

  • A universal award of £300 for new childminders across England;
  • Introducing a locality supplement of £200 to the universal award, providing a total grant of £500. This will be paid to new childminders within certain local authorities (LA) where there are low numbers of childminders, and the LA has been highlighted as facing challenges around rurality and disadvantage.

Please note that from 1st May 2017, if you have been registered with Ofsted for longer than 3 months you are not eligible for a grant. This rule will be strictly upheld.

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education. There is a fixed amount of funding available and is demand-led and operates on a first come / first served basis. Our advice is to not delay your application.

From 4th April 2018 the scheme is subject to updated terms and conditions. See Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

More information here: Childcare Business

Contact: Contact us on 0207 444 4268 or email childcarebusinessgrants@ecorys.com 

 

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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. LATEST NEWS: The application threshold has been reduced to 10 hectares as of 31 July 2017, read on for more information. What is eligible? Proposals need to meet some basic criteria, being at least 10 hectares in area and showing potential to benefit the forestry...

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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.

LATEST NEWS: The application threshold has been reduced to 10 hectares as of 31 July 2017, read on for more information.

What is eligible?

Proposals need to meet some basic criteria, being at least 10 hectares in area and showing potential to benefit the forestry sector in the long-term through the provision of timber or other wood products. In particular, at least 70% of the species in the  proposed new woodland must be productive, and at least one woodland block must be 10 ha or more in size, with any additional blocks being at least 5ha in size. This means if your application is less than 15 ha in total it must be formed of a single woodland block. 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.

What is the process?

Applicants are required to complete the Application Form and return it to the grant scheme administrator: WCPG@forestry.gsi.gov.uk. The form asks for an outline of the planting proposals.

Where we are satisfied the proposal meets the eligibility criteria we will offer the Stage 1 grant within ten working days of receiving the application.

You should refer to the Practice Guide on Design techniques for forest management planning. This provides guidance on the design process which WCPG’s stages support.

Stage 1 involves a desk-based data gathering exercise to identify all of the constraints and issues that might affect the planting proposal. The checks that must be made to receive the payment are set out in the Stage 1 Checklist. Stage 1 should also identify any high sensitivity issues which may require an Extraordinary Payment and other analysis, information and surveys that will be required to receive the Stage 2 payment.

Once the Stage 1 work is completed and has been submitted to us for payment we will decide if the proposal warrants a Stage 2 payment. If we agree there is a need for an Extraordinary Payment, for example for a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment or Critical Loads Assessment, this will be confirmed with the applicant and payment will be made when we are satisfied that the additional assessment/survey has been completed to an adequate standard.

The Stage 2 payment supports the critical part of the process: the analysis of how the constraints and opportunities identified at Stage 1 and during the Stage 2 field survey influence the woodland’s design. Payment of the Stage 2 is paid on our approval of a Site Appraisal Plan, and a draft UKFS compliant Woodland Creation Design Plan (WCDP) that shows how the constraints and opportunities have been evaluated and have informed the WCDP (and, where necessary, a Phase 2 Habitat survey). The minimum criteria these plans must cover are set out in the Stage 2 Checklist.

Please note our approval of the draft WCDP does not infer automatic approval of the planting scheme which will still be subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 and consultation.

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 Fund (ERDF) supported programme assisting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) developing new products and services. 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 – collaborate with a university or research institutions to assist in the development...

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What is KEEP+?

KEEP+ is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme assisting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) developing new products and services.

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 – collaborate with a university or research institutions to assist in the development of your new product/service and embed new knowledge into your organisation:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Innovation Internships – a 12 week placement 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.

High and Low Value Capital and Grants – KEEP+ can also offer assistance in the form of capital grants for specialist equipment purchases or consultancy services vital to your project’s development.

Purchases of non-specialist items (e.g. company vehicles, furniture, standard software) cannot be funded.

Stand Alone Capital Grant

  • Small Value

40% funding towards the cost of equipment purchases vital to the development of your new product or service. This grant is capped at £9,999 with a total spend not exceeding £24,999 excluding VAT.

  • High Value

30% funding towards for higher value equipment purchases. This grant is capped at £59,500 with a total spend not exceeding £199,000 excluding VAT.

Grants for Consultancy Support

  • Small Value

40% funding towards the cost of fast track assistance to contribute to the development of your project. This grant is capped at £9,999 with a total spend not exceeding £24,999 excluding VAT.

  • High Value

30% funding for higher value consultancy activities. This grant is capped at £59,500 with a total spend not exceeding £199,000 excluding VAT.

Is My Business Eligible for KEEP+?

KEEP+ is open to SMEs who meet EU eligibility criteria and have a project underway requiring either specialist expertise or essential kit to contribute to its development. Full details about eligibility criteria is available at www.keepplus.co.uk

Contact Us:

If you think your project could benefit from a KEEP+ grant the team or one of our delivery partners would be pleased to discuss your requirements.

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

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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 Sarah Goodwin on 07973 778255 or via email sarah.goodwin@egs.live

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Match Trading™ is grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in income from trading. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading incentivises social organisations to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures. Match Trading pilots are seeing social ventures typically increase their income from trading by more than 90% in one year. Match Trading was created by the School for Social Entrepreneurs from 20 years of experience of helping people to create sustainable...

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Match Trading™ is grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in income from trading. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading incentivises social organisations to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures. Match Trading pilots are seeing social ventures typically increase their income from trading by more than 90% in one year.

Match Trading was created by the School for Social Entrepreneurs from 20 years of experience of helping people to create sustainable change in their communities.

Match Trading is made possible with the support of pioneer partners, Lloyds Banking Group and Big Lottery Fund, and its development is overseen by a Task Force of 20 leading social-sector organisations. www.matchtrading.com

Watch the video to check how Match Trading works.

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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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SCORE funding is available to support small and medium-sized businesses developing new technologies, processes and ideas which have an impact in lowering costs and increasing efficiencies in the East of England’s offshore renewables industry. Grants projects have included: a new radio network; fenders for wind farm support vessels; offshore paramedic-technicians and a new type of generator. Companies applying should have fewer than 250 employees and assets of less than 50 million euros. They...

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SCORE funding is available to support small and medium-sized businesses developing new technologies, processes and ideas which have an impact in lowering costs and increasing efficiencies in the East of England’s offshore renewables industry.

Grants projects have included: a new radio network; fenders for wind farm support vessels; offshore paramedic-technicians and a new type of generator.

Companies applying should have fewer than 250 employees and assets of less than 50 million euros.

They are available for up to 30% of eligible costs or £50,000, whichever is the lower, with a minimum grant of £2,500. Start-up and established companies in the four counties – Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex – may apply.

Eligible work

  • Research and development, including specialised consultancy.
  • Implementing findings of the planning process, such as in areas of new product development, manufacturing and design.
  • Collaborating with universities and colleges, and sourcing facilities, equipment and expertise to solve technical problems and develop further innovation.
  • Accessing expert services for Intellectual Property registration, including patents, designs and trademarks.
  • Accessing equipment or services that support a technology ‘step-change’ for the business.
  • Acquiring equipment or services to provide additional production capacity to exploit innovation.
  • Developing alternative uses and markets for waste products.
  • Investigating the technological and commercial viability of transforming innovative ideas into new products, processes and technologies.
  • Researching the development of new products or technologies, or significant improvements to existing ones.
  • Implementing the results of industrial research, including the creation of pre-production prototypes.
  • Assisting 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.scoregrants.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.

For more information please follow this link: http://signpost2grow.co.uk/support/signpost-2-grants/

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South East Business Boost (SEBB) Support available: Growth grants of 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:

  • Growth grants of 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:

  • Plant, Equipment, Machinery and Tooling: Purchase of machinery and hardware
  • Premises: Business related extension and improvement (total project must be under £25,000)
  • Specialist IT Equipment and Software: software development, website improvements, design software (total project must be under £25,000)
  • Consultancy costs: Growth based subjects such as; business strategy, marketing, product diversification, market research etc. (total project must be under £25,000)

Your application can include a mixture of the above items of expenditure.

Eligible area:

Businesses in Essex, Southend and Thurrock regions (SELEP area) can apply for support from the SEBB project.

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.

Documents to download:

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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TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) provides free support and funding contributions to SMEs in the transport and logistics sector or with a logistics function. It asks “Is Your Data Working for You”? as it creates opportunities to make the most of your data to improve profit margins and reduce costs. As well as an opportunity to undertake a data diagnostic assessment to see where companies might benefit from further support, the project offers free workshops with experts to...

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TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) provides free support and funding contributions to SMEs in the transport and logistics sector or with a logistics function.

It asks “Is Your Data Working for You”? as it creates opportunities to make the most of your data to improve profit margins and reduce costs.

As well as an opportunity to undertake a data diagnostic assessment to see where companies might benefit from further support, the project offers free workshops with experts to help companies explore how to make their data work for them better.

Grants are also on offer with a funding contribution of 40% up to a maximum of £60,000 to implement a data led solution.

For more information or to be referred please contact us on 01702 417765.

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The Tendring SME Growth Fund is a Scheme which allows businesses located in/relocating to Tendring to apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £150,000 from Tendring District Council, to be matched 50:50 with their own private investment. The grants are designed to help businesses from a range of sectors to start up or expand and create employment. The Fund in its current structure drew to a close at the end of March 2018 but, recognising the Scheme’s value to the local economy, the Council...

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The Tendring SME Growth Fund is a Scheme which allows businesses located in/relocating to Tendring to apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £150,000 from Tendring District Council, to be matched 50:50 with their own private investment. The grants are designed to help businesses from a range of sectors to start up or expand and create employment.

The Fund in its current structure drew to a close at the end of March 2018 but, recognising the Scheme’s value to the local economy, the Council recently approved the Scheme’s extension to March 2020, with a number of changes to eligibility criteria and application process designed to widen the types of businesses the Council is able to support- all sectors except retail. The Fund is still open to applications, so if you are interested and would like to know more please email funding.support@tendringdc.gov.uk.

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

 

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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 Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase. Energy opportunity assessment The Carbon Trust are offering energy opportunity assessments to small and medium sized businesses to help...

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The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

Energy opportunity assessment

The Carbon Trust are offering energy opportunity assessments to small and medium sized businesses to help them identify energy saving opportunities, and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment (for further details on who can apply see our FAQs). Carbon Trust may provide this support remotely via telephone and email, or on-site.

These services are paid for by the Green Business Fund for a limited period.

Following an energy saving opportunity assessment, for those businesses wanting to improve their energy management practices, further support may be available through our Virtual Energy Manager to help implement a range of energy management activities from;

  • implementing an energy policy to
  • identifying the best ways to engage employees.

The Virtual Energy Manager is targeted at SMEs with an energy spend of over £50,000 and will be delivered remotely through a series of support modules delivered by a Carbon Trust expert.

Apply now to the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund*

Implementation advice

Implementation advice and equipment procurement support to help you find reputable suppliers who will install appropriately specified equipment for your business needs.  Designed to support businesses with a specific energy saving project in mind (e.g. lighting), your organisation can receive up to 5 days of support from a Carbon Trust consultant – at no cost to your business.  This is available for companies with up to 1,000 employees in England, Scotland or Wales.

Specific help available includes:

  • A feasibility check
  • Writing performance specifications appropriate for your business
  • Tendering support, including supplier identification and assessment of tenders.

We will help you to find suppliers who can provide detailed quotes and who have been proven to deliver energy saving projects in the past.   Read more about how implementation advice can help you (PDF)

Implementation advice can also act as a gateway for your business to receive up to £5,000 capital contribution or up to 15% of the purchase cost of the energy saving equipment.

Apply now to the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund* 

Workshops

A series of workshops are planned to help small businesses work out how best to identify the energy saving opportunities available to them. Our advisers will be running these workshops with small groups of local businesses (aimed at companies with fewer than 50 employees) to show them how to make the most of this opportunity.

These services are paid for by the Green Business Fund for a limited period.

Register for your nearest workshop

Before applying for a capital contribution, please read these step-by-step guides:

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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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