The government announced the Business Basics Programme in its Industrial Strategy. The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity. In doing so the programme aims to add to the evidence base of what works in driving up SME productivity.

The funding will be used to develop and trial ideas for increasing the adoption of productivity-boosting technology and business practices among SMEs. It will also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of these ideas in the short, medium and long term.

This is the first phase of the Business Basics Fund. This strand of funding is for undertaking proof of concept (PoC) or feasibility projects. At the same time we are running another strand for full scale trials.

There is the potential to apply for further funding to scale up successful PoC or feasibility projects into full trials in the future.

Collaborations are encouraged. Private organisations must work with at least one public sector or not for profit partner.

If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria,contact us at least 10 days before the competition closes.

Project size

For a proof of concept project, you can apply for up to £60,000 in grant funding. Projects must start by 1 November 2018, end by 31 April 2019 and can last between 3 and 6 months.


26 June 2018 – Competition opens

12 July 2018 – Briefing webinar

9 August 2018 – Second briefing webinar

4 September 2018 12:00pm – Competition closes

3 October 2018 – Applicants notified

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