Business Grants and Support
If you are looking to expand your business and create jobs please see below for grant funding that may be available for your business.
Business Growth Programme
We are delighted to announce that the new £33 million Business Growth Programme (BGP) has launched.
The package of support is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
The programme limits awards to one grant per SME from any one of the four components of the Business Growth Programme (i.e, you cannot apply for a grant from each component).
The four programmes are:
HS2 Supply Chain Programme - Offers grant support of £20k-£200k towards project costs for supply chain companies which have, or are in the process of securing, or have the ability to secure a contract for HS2.
Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme - Offers grant support of £20k-£150k towards project costs for supply chain companies operating in, or diversifying into the green economy.
Business Innovation Programme - Offers grant support of £10k-£30k towards project costs for SMEs investing in innovative close-to-market processes, products and services.
Business Development Programme - Offers grant support of £10k-£20k towards project costs for businesses looking to expand, relocate and improve access to markets.
Funding is subject to availability and eligibility criteria, details of which can be found by visiting www.birmingham.gov.uk/bgp
Applications must be submitted within the Funding Rounds specified on the above webpage.
Property Investment Programme (PIP) Grant Scheme
Following a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Birmingham City Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant programme to encourage the improvement and development of key vacant, derelict or underused properties and sites for economic use, the grant programme will operate in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area.
The grant is designed to help businesses to improve their commercial premises by providing financial support towards the cost of building improvement works. The primary purpose of the scheme is to increase and/or improve business accommodation and to help create new employment opportunities.
For further information and to apply for this grant scheme click here
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme
About the Programme
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme is designed to provide high-quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises across the country.
These small businesses play a vital role in creating jobs and driving economic growth in the UK through innovation and market expansion. Social enterprises are also increasingly contributing to UK economic and community development through sustainable business models that are less dependent on traditional grant funding.
How it works
The programme brings together leaders of small businesses from across industry sectors and creates unique networking and peer learning opportunities.
For those small business leaders selected to participate, the core of the programme is a high quality, practically-focused business and management education, delivered over 100 hours through a blend of online and in-person residential sessions. The curriculum has been designed specifically for this programme by world-class international and national experts in entrepreneurial learning.
The success of the programme is contributed to the right balance of formal learning, mentoring and peer-to-peer support.
Participants of the programme will benefit from:
- Specialist workshops
- One-on-one business advising
- Business coaching
- Access to professional experts
- Networking opportunities
- A network of 10,000 Small Business graduates
For further information, eligibility criteria and to apply please click here
Skills Support for the Workforce in Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
Fully funded training courses to help your business grow.
Serco and it’s supply chain are delivering Skills Support for the Workforce, a programme which is co-funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF). It aims to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses, providing recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.
Basic skills and more specialist Intermediate and Higher Level (IHL) skills training are available - but hurry up, the fully funded training is only available for a short period.
Training is available to all SME businesses across the whole of Stoke and Staffordshire. To find out more please click here
Growth Hubs can provide further advice on support and funding that may be available: