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Business Grant Search

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:

Project Grants is new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery. The fund will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks. How to apply: 1.Take the quiz – this will help you think about different aspects of your project and get you ready to begin your...

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Project Grants is new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery.

The fund will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks.

If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks.

How to apply:

1.Take the quiz – this will help you think about different aspects of your project and get you ready to begin your application – QUIZ

2. Read the guidance:

3. Register on Grantium – CLICK HERE

For Funding application FAQs – CLICK HERE

Contact details: 0161 934 4317 

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The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been developed by the UK government to provide access to subsidised broadband installations for businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mb per second and those not benefiting from the superfast broadband rollout. The scheme will ensure that no business will need to pay more than £400 to access a basic broadband service over a 12 month period. Businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme...

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The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been developed by the UK government to provide access to subsidised broadband installations for businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mb per second and those not benefiting from the superfast broadband rollout.

The scheme will ensure that no business will need to pay more than £400 to access a basic broadband service over a 12 month period. Businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme will be provided with a unique code that will cover most of the cost of the installation and commissioning of a basic broadband service including any necessary equipment.

Value Notes

The scheme provides a subsidy of up to £400 to enable access to an affordable basic broadband service to those unable to achieve broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps.

Who Can Apply

Businesses can take advantage of the scheme if they meet the following three criteria:

  • The business is not currently able to access a broadband download speed of at least 2Mb per second.
  • There are no alternative affordable broadband services available which would provide a download speed of at least 2Mb per second.
  • There are no plans to provide superfast broadband to the applicant’s location within 6 to 12 months of application.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible projects.

How To Apply

The closing date for applications to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has now been extended until 31 December 2019.

If the business is eligible under the scheme and it has decided it would like to take advantage of a basic broadband installation subsidy, the applicant should enter their postcode and complete the online application form at http://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk/

If the application is successful the sponsor will email a unique eligibility code together with the full list of suppliers registered to offer a subsidised broadband installation service in the applicant’s area.

Enquiries

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK)

Tel: 0207 211 6468
E-mail: Contact Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK)

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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...

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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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The Community Impact Partnership (CIP) Fund is a joint initiative between four of the UK’s leading housing associations – Clarion, Orbit, L&Q and Peabody. They provide social investment in the form of blended grants and loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 to help charitable organisations, social enterprises and community businesses to grow, innovate or diversify their income streams so they can become more financially independent and achieve greater impact. Organisations can apply...

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The Community Impact Partnership (CIP) Fund is a joint initiative between four of the UK’s leading housing associations – Clarion, Orbit, L&Q and Peabody. They provide social investment in the form of blended grants and loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 to help charitable organisations, social enterprises and community businesses to grow, innovate or diversify their income streams so they can become more financially independent and achieve greater impact.

Organisations can apply for investment towards, for example, increased capacity, expansion of services, changes to a business model or to pilot a new approach. The finance can support core operational costs such as staff, equipment, rent or capital costs.

Further info, full eligibility criteria and the Expression of Interest form can be found here www.communityimpactpartnership.co.uk

Contact: Emma Hale, Grants Manager emma.hale@clarionhg.com

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About DASA is a cross-Government organisation, created by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), working under the direction of the MOD’s Chief Scientific Adviser. We have been created to find and fund exploitable innovation which supports UK defence and security, protecting us against our adversaries. DASA has access to an £800M Defence Innovation Fund, and has a cross-government remit with support from MOD, Home Office and the Armed Forces. Our competition environment drives innovation faster...

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About

DASA is a cross-Government organisation, created by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), working under the direction of the MOD’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

We have been created to find and fund exploitable innovation which supports UK defence and security, protecting us against our adversaries. DASA has access to an £800M Defence Innovation Fund, and has a cross-government remit with support from MOD, Home Office and the Armed Forces.

Our competition environment drives innovation faster and turns great ideas into front line usable products, policies, processes and services.

We are actively seeking out the brightest opportunities through outreach, scouting, market intelligence and networks, and bring together talented, like-minded people from industry, academia and small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to compete, collaborate and develop solutions that range from an idea on a page to ready-to-use products.

We are open to anyone with a good idea. We want to help businesses grow by providing: funding, business support, access to end users, technical expertise and help building links between business need, procurement and exploitation.

Get started

Please register for an Enterprise Collaboration Service account here.

If you already have a new Enterprise Collaboration Service account log in here.

Once you have logged in, you will be taken to your supplier dashboard where you can begin new proposals as well as track the progress of your draft and submitted proposals.

Submitting Proposals

The only way to submit a research proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online via the DASA Enterprise Collaboration Service. The proposal submission service is part of the overall DASA Enterprise Collaboration Service, and will be one of many services you can access via your user profile.

After you submit a proposal

Once you submit a proposal, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission. We will then assign our expert assessors to look through it and decide if it will be funded.

You can track the progress of your submission through the assessment process by viewing the proposal status on your supplier dashboard.

Click HERE for the Defence and Security Accelerator themed activities.

Download the DASA Brochure HERE

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EIRA is a collaborative project between seven universities and colleges in the East of England. It supports innovation by providing businesses with access to academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research through funding opportunities. Backed by £4.7million of Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, EIRA seeks to drive economic growth and productivity in the region and has support available for businesses of all sizes, from start-ups, to SMEs and larger companies....

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EIRA is a collaborative project between seven universities and colleges in the East of England. It supports innovation by providing businesses with access to academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research through funding opportunities. Backed by £4.7million of Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, EIRA seeks to drive economic growth and productivity in the region and has support available for businesses of all sizes, from start-ups, to SMEs and larger companies. EIRA offers knowledge exchange across three key areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology and digital creative and can support businesses through:

Innovation Vouchers

Innovation vouchers can provide small or medium-sized business with up to £5k to engage with EIRA expertise, with the opportunity to foster a long-term partnership. Funds pay for academic experts to provide you with tailored expertise. EIRA funds 80% of the total value of innovation vouchers, with companies funding the remaining 20%.

Research and Development Grants

Research and Development grants can provide companies of all sizes with £20-50k of funded support for collaborative R&D activity for projects. They can help with:

  • feasibility testing
  • development of a product or service
  • identifying the next development required
  • de-risking a complex innovation
  • applying our expert knowledge to enhance your products
  • expanding your current knowledge
  • diversifying product range
  • enhancing products from prototypes
  • providing underpinning research evidence
  • optimising organisational processes

EIRA funds 75% of the total value of Research and Development grants, with companies funding the remaining 25%.

i-Teams

Bringing fresh thinking and new ideas to organisations, i-Teams involve a business mentoring a team of interdisciplinary students to develop a product solution for issues affecting their organisation.

Hothouse events

Businesses can collaborate with academics from across the EIRA network to focus on solutions for challenges most relevant to their organisation. Hothouse events may be hosted by BT at their Adastral Park R&D headquarters, or EIRA partner institutions, and provide opportunities to network with the wider business community, whilst utilising BT’s new interdisciplinary graduate research centre.

Start-up Microfinance

Students and recent graduates from the University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Essex, and University of Kent, can apply for a grant of up to £3k to help kick-start a business idea.

Innovation Internships

From across the network, EIRA can place a student or recent graduate within a business based in the East of England as an innovation internship. These internships should offer developmental opportunities across the three key areas of biotechnology, digital creative and artificial intelligence, or support the business with an innovative project. The internships teams from partner institutions can work with businesses to place an intern in an organisation, that can provide valuable work experience to the student and an extra pair of hands on a busy project for the business.

If you would like to find out more, get in touch with us through our website: www.eira.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter for latest news and events.

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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? 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! Get Exporting 2 is a tailored programme of advice and assistance, both 1-2-1 and financial, supporting companies that are looking to sell overseas or expand internationally. It is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which enables the Department for International...

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What is Get Exporting 2?

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! Get Exporting 2 is a tailored programme of advice and assistance, both 1-2-1 and financial, supporting companies that are looking to sell overseas or expand internationally. It is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which enables the Department for International Trade in the East of England to provide services, additional to our normal operations, and 50/50 match funding grants.

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 you 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 50/50 match funding grants to help you explore your chosen market and find the partners you need to succeed. Alternatively if online is your route to market we can help to internationalise your website and get your products onto e-commerce platforms 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 resources?

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 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.

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?

  • Trade Adviser support
  • Digital online advice on how to market yourself internationally
  • One-to-one meetings to discuss individual needs and formulate your international strategy
  •  50/50 match funding grants*
  •  Workshops on key sectors and markets
  • Meet the Buyer events providing opportunities to develop international salesquickly
  • Market research advice

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

Eligible Expenditure

  • Design, production and printing of international marketing materials
  • 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 develop your export strategy
  • Mentoring / consultancy for language and cultural awareness
  • Professional export training and language training for target countries
  • Costs of travelling to a target country and in-country accommodation
  • Travel in market (car hire, taxis, buses etc.)
  • Entrance to exhibitions / trade fairs and shipping of any associated products

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.

Speak to your International Trade Adviser now or contact our Customer Service Team on 01707 398398 or email eastinfo@mobile.trade.gov.uk

For further information visit our webpage www.exemplastradeservices.co.uk
*Grants are subject to a strict criteria and may not be available for all applicants to the programme

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The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is open nationally to businesses and residents (with businesses) on a first come first served basis. The scheme is aiming to increase access to full fibre broadband networks across the UK capable of gigabit speeds (1000Mps or 1Gbps), regardless of whether or not superfast broadband is already available. Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local...

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The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is open nationally to businesses and residents (with businesses) on a first come first served basis. The scheme is aiming to increase access to full fibre broadband networks across the UK capable of gigabit speeds (1000Mps or 1Gbps), regardless of whether or not superfast broadband is already available.

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can access up to £2,500 each and residents can access £500 each, if part of a business-led community group.

Please read the terms and conditions for details or for more specific queries, contact your supplier.

Click HERE to check if you are eligible.

Click HERE to check how do the vouchers work.

Search suppliers in your area HERE.

 

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The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth Support tailored to your business: A dedicated, experienced, Manufacturing Growth Manager to provide on-going support A comprehensive business diagnostic tool, GROWTHmapper for manufacturers Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement Work with the best external experts to implement those plans Using an average 35% of...

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The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth

Support tailored to your business:

  • A dedicated, experienced, Manufacturing Growth Manager to provide on-going support
  • A comprehensive business diagnostic tool, GROWTHmapper for manufacturers
  • Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Using an average 35% of the cost of implementing an improvement project
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

What 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 diagnostic tool specifically designed to help benchmark your business against internal aspiration and goals
  • A detailed action plan guiding you through the process of improving your business
  • On-going business support with a trusted and experienced Manufacturing Growth Manager
  • Access to grants to co-fund your improvement project
  • Guidance to access other support mechanisms and manufacturing themed workshops available from Summer 2019 

How you can benefit

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

  • Insight into the risks, issues, gaps 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
  • Trusted relationship with an experienced MGM
  • Reduced cost, helping you make the changes you need sooner 

Percentage of project cost

33.4% grant contribution. Grant values are specific to each business application. Maximum project value of £10,000 with a minimum grant value of £1,000. Capital grants are available and will be considered for exceptional cases (subject to panel approval).

Any eligibility criteria

To apply you must be:

  1. an SME as defined by the EU definition. This means your company or group of companies must have:
  2. Fewer than 250 employees
  3. A turnover less than or equal to €50 million OR
  4. A balance sheet total less than or equal to €43 million
  5. 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 MGM.

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

Suitability

To be suitable for the Manufacturing Growth Programme you must be able to demonstrate an intention to grow/improve. This may be through the creation of increased turnover, increased jobs, improved productivity and/or the introduction of a new product, service or process.

Any required delivery targets / outcome required

Grant supported 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 quotation for the work and justify value for money in their selection.

Who provides the grant?

Economic Growth Solutions, part of Oxford Innovation

For more information please contact us on 01702 417765

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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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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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South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support (SECCADS) is a programme of support for the creative, cultural and digital sectors across Thurrock, Essex, Kent, and East Sussex. SECCADS has received £2.578 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds growth programme for 2014 to 2020. This will be match-funded with £2.578 million from a partnership of private and public sector sources. About the...

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South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support (SECCADS) is a programme of support for the creative, cultural and digital sectors across Thurrock, Essex, Kent, and East Sussex.

SECCADS has received £2.578 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds growth programme for 2014 to 2020. This will be match-funded with £2.578 million from a partnership of private and public sector sources.

About the programme

Between March 2019 and December 2020, the programme will help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or grants, giving a £2.5 million boost to the creative economy in the south east of England.

SECCADS offers average grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to cover up to 35% of project costs. Costs could include; equipment, business development, purchasing software etc.

The remaining 65% of project funding must come from private sources – for example, organisational profits, crowd-funding, trusts, foundations, a secured bank loan or personal contributions.


Are you a small business that could benefit from some extra support, whilst at the same time supporting a student into the world of work?

The University has a well-established and successful internship programme. With help from the SECCADS funding, you can access a talented pool of students, and graduates from the last 3 years.  A graduate internship can also serve as a trial period for a permanent post if you are looking to ultimately recruit a graduate into your organisation – although there is no obligation to recruit on a permanent basis. We don’t dictate exactly what an internship should look like, but we do ask that it is a genuine student or graduate level work opportunity, which includes an element of learning and development for the intern. This may simply be the opportunity for the intern to gain a better understanding of the business environment, allowing them to apply their knowledge in a workplace setting, or could involve the development of more comprehensive project specific skills.

Grow your business with better numbers!

The University of Essex is home to a world class centre in data science. We have expertise across a range of business sectors, but especially in understanding how numbers, their use, analysis, manipulation and interrogation, can help your business grow. Through support from SECCADS the University offers small business access to a range of academics. This support can be provided in many ways, including workshops, bespoke mentoring support and webinars, direct to your business.


Contact BEST Growth Hub to find out details and check if your business is eligible.

 

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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. 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...

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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.

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.

Early participants to the range of free workshops, diagnostic assessments and grants include companies engaged in air freight, road freight, containers, print, cleaning, healthcare, event hire, footwear manufacture, parts manufacture, warehousing, and logistics software systems.

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

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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 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 Prince’s Trust Development Awards can help pay for course fees, tools or equipment and help you achieve your employment and training goals. The Prince’s Trust can help fund the following: Course fees up to Level 3 Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job Job licence fees Transport to a new job until your first pay slip Training that will lead to employment, self-employment or an apprenticeship Development Awards can’t support: Living expenses e.g. rent or bills Business...

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The Prince’s Trust Development Awards can help pay for course fees, tools or equipment and help you achieve your employment and training goals.

The Prince’s Trust can help fund the following:

  • Course fees up to Level 3
  • Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job
  • Job licence fees
  • Transport to a new job until your first pay slip
  • Training that will lead to employment, self-employment or an apprenticeship

Development Awards can’t support:

  • Living expenses e.g. rent or bills
  • Business start-up costs
  • Costs for items that have already been paid for
  • Gap year or overseas projects
  • Level 4 course fees and beyond

You have to be:

  • Aged 16 to 30 and living in the UK
  • Studying less than 14 hours a week or not in compulsory education
  • Unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
  • See website for all the criteria, terms & conditions

Call your local contact

Southend,Rayleigh,Canvey – Jamie.Mack@princes-trust.org.uk
Chelmsford,Braintree,Witham – Chloe.Shortall@princes-trust.org.uk
Colchester, Tendring – Richard.Bertram@princes-trust.org.uk or Ingrid.Bennett@princes-trust.org.uk
Harlow, West Essex – Chris.Laing@princes-trust.org.uk
Basildon, Brentwood – Janet.Craven@princes-trust.org.uk
Thurrock – Lynn.Worrall@princes-trust.org.uk

0800 842 842

princes-trust.org.uk

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Grant funding of £123,000 is available through Tilbury CLLD, led by Thurrock Council, to help local businesses start up and grow. The minimum sized grant application is £2,000, with £1,000 of funding provided by the Tilbury CLLD grant and the remaining £1,000 funded by the business. The maximum project size is £8,000. Business Start-up Grants (Available to people starting up a business or a small business started less than 12 months ago) Business Frontage Improvement Grants (Available...

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Grant funding of £123,000 is available through Tilbury CLLD, led by Thurrock Council, to help local businesses start up and grow. The minimum sized grant application is £2,000, with £1,000 of funding provided by the Tilbury CLLD grant and the remaining £1,000 funded by the business. The maximum project size is £8,000.

Business Start-up Grants

(Available to people starting up a business or a small business started less than 12 months ago)

Business Frontage Improvement Grants

(Available to all small and medium sized businesses (SMEs*) in selected parts of Tilbury)

Where do I have to be based?

Start-up companies can apply for grant funding if they are in Tilbury St Chads or Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park Wards. Please use the postcode checker to make sure you are eligible.

Where do I have to be based?

For businesses looking to improve their business frontage you must be based on Calcutta Road, Montreal Road, in Civic Square or on Dock Road, between Russell Road and Montreal Road.

What is funded?

Equipment

  • IT hardware (Less than £5,000)
  • Phone systems and mobile phones
  • Uniforms (if branded)
  • Materials and equipment for research and development (not for sale)

Marketing, publicity costs

  • Signage
  • Products for display or demonstration (not for sale)
  • Advertising
  • Website development costs

Procured goods/services/works

  • Training for staff that benefits enterprise’s productivity or safety
  • Business certification and accreditation
  • IT software
  • External consultants
  • Facilities hire: specialist of lab facilities for R&D etc.

What is funded?

Appearance and marketing enhancements

  • Signage
  • Products for display or demonstration (stock or items to be sold are not permitted)
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Brick cleaning
  • Painting
  • Other

 

How many new businesses do want to support with grant funding?

40

How many businesses frontages do we want to see improved with grant funding?

28

Other project targets?

We want more jobs to be created in Tilbury. Projects which offer additional jobs will achieve higher scoring during the application assessment.

*SMEs are individual firms which have less than 250 employees and a turnover under £44million (€50million).

Some business sectors are not eligible, including:

  • Banking and insurance, including insurance brokers
  • Educational establishments providing generalised (school age) education
  • Charities and voluntary sector organisations (without a trading arm)
  • Membership organisations that are politically affiliated

I would like to apply for a grant? What is the first step?

Step 1.

Your business need to be based in the Tilbury CLLD area. If you think you are, now check using the Tilbury Postcode Lookup . If you want to improve your business frontage please check the Business Frontage Improvement Map to make sure you are in the eligible area.

My postcode is a match. What next?

Step 2.

You will need to complete an Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ), you may also need to complete Annex 1: Eligibility Questionnaire

All potential applicants can contact Thurrock Borough Council’s CLLD team by email tilburyCLLD@thurrock.gov.uk for support in completing questionnaires.

  • Once we have received your completed questionnaire, the Local Action Group (LAG) will assess it against the project’s eligibility criteria
  • If everything is OK you will be asked to fill in a grant application.

My business is eligible. I have been asked to complete a grant application form. Will I get help to do this?

Step 3.

You need to complete a Grant Application Form

  • Again, applicants can contact Thurrock Council’s CLLD team by email tilburyCLLD@thurrock.gov.uk for support in completing forms.
  • You will also be able to have telephone support from an EU funding expert to answer any questions you may have

(You might also find it helpful to look at Tilbury CLLDs Sustainable Development Policy and Equality and equal opportunities Policy)

I have completed and submitted my Grant Application Form. What happens next?

  • All applications will be assessed against a standard set of questions and scored. This is to make sure that all the requirements of the European funds are met.
  • The LAG will then review and decide if your grant is approved.

Tilbury CLLD is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF). The project will run until December 2022. Grant funding has been made available to the project from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which forms part of the ESIF fund.

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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/

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