Within the current economic climate there are only a handful of grants available to businesses looking for financial input and those that are available are extremely competitive.
The main sources of grant funding currently available are described in these pages along with associated contact details for further information. You can also use the Business Support Finder on the national government information website which is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded sources of assistance you may be eligible to apply for.
Remember that support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services. There may also be specific initiatives to help with starting up, growing a business, financial incentives to employ new staff or to provide support to train you or your workforce which we have included brief details of within this site.
The Great Business website has a useful diagnostic tool that will ask basic questions about your business and from your answers will provide a printable/downloadable tailored report on the support available to you – click here http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/.
This will also link directly to the http://www.betterbusinessfinance.co.uk/ website, which lists specific offerings from the commercial sector.
Please be aware that applying for support can be complex and competitive and even if your business is eligible for a particular scheme or initiative, your application may not be successful.
Our aim is to provide up to date details of all free schemes that are delivered nationally and locally, in addition to local chargeable schemes. If you are aware of any support schemes that have changed or are not included on our site, please contact us.