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Grants

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Grants for Growth

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Grants for Growth part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is delivered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and provides gap funding to companies across Staffordshire to cover capital and revenue investment that will allow your company to grow in the market place and create new employment. Grant funds can be used for premises expansion or the purchase of plant, machinery and equipment, product and process development, advice and consultancy including initial market development, technical feasibility studies and industrial property rights costs.

Capital and revenue grants are available between £10,000 to £250,000 on a variable intervention rate of 10% up to 30% which must be matched by your own private sector or other equity funds. Your project costs must be for a minimum of £40,000 to qualify for a grant payment of £10,000.

For assistance in applying for the grant click here to download.

For completing an Expression of Interest, click here to download. 

For more information contact Tel: 01782 231586 or 233671 Email: G4G@stoke.gov.uk


Funding for Specialist Intensive Assistance

Up to £5,400 is available for Staffordshire businesses to pay towards specialist external advice to research, develop or market a new product or service. The grant is to assist with Research & Development Fees, ICT Advice, Legal & Financial advice, Market Research, IPR Fees, Project Management and Product Design. the grant will support up to 40% of the above costs.

For more information click here or contact:

Staffordshire BIC
Studio 10 Sutherland Institute
Lightwood Road, Longton
ST3 4HY
Telephone: 01782 333798
or email enquiries@thebic.co.uk


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 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.

Should you be interested, please find more information about the programme below or contact Phil Somers on 07985 777270.

For the brochure click here


Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme

The Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP) will help businesses across Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP reduce their carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency.

Support to businesses will start with free specialist low carbon advice in one of the following areas:

  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Innovative ways to make your business low carbon
  • Developing new low or lower carbon products and services
  • Environmental management system gap analysis

Stage 2a: Apply for LCBEP Low Carbon Enterprise Grant of £2,000 – £10,000

  • Capital grants that enable investment to help make your business “low carbon”. For the installation of energy efficient measures in buildings, processes, products and services which will reduce carbon.
  • Revenue grants for further low carbon specialist advice e.g. environmental management systems, energy management systems, carbon foot printing, renewable energy feasibility.
  • Applicants must demonstrate greenhouse gas savings as a result of the grant.

and/or stage 2b: Apply for a subsidised LCBEP internship

Enlist the knowledge and expertise of a graduate placement for 12 weeks through our cost effective internship programme. An intern can support the implementation of recommendations made through the specialist low carbon advice.

Eligibility

Your business must meet the definition on a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) and be located within the administrative area of Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP.

Small to Medium sized businesses are enterprises that:

  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalent persons
  • Have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro or have an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro.

Additional eligibility criteria apply; our experts will guide you through the process according the specific needs of your business,

For more information contact 01785 278108A Email: lowcarbon@staffordshire.gov.uk

This project is part funded with support from the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 -2020 and delivered by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Keele University and Staffordshire University.


Rural Enterprise Programme

The Rural Enterprise Programme offers grants to rural businesses (who sell to other businesses) to help them sympathetically convert under-utilised buildings or construct new rural workspaces, to increase productivity and/or create/safeguard jobs.

The Programme operates across Stoke and Staffordshire’s rural areas including the hub towns of Stone, Cheadle, Leek, Rugeley and Uttoxeter.

Capital grants range between £10,000 and £65,000 or up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project, whichever is the lowest. Eligible applicants must be able to provide a minimum of 60% as match funding.

Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis and will be at the minimum required to enable the project to proceed.

Applicants can be owner occupiers or owners proposing to lease premises for eligible uses or tenants with a fixed-term lease with at least 5 years unexpired and with written consent for the proposed works from their landlord.

What type of project can get funding under this scheme?

Eligible end uses include (non-speculative) manufacturing, creative industries or service businesses and office premises.


Grants are not available for retail, agriculture or tourism end uses. The end use cannot be residential.

An application must be made and approved before work starts.

Eligible costs are those directly associated with the refurbishment or construction of workspaces including building works, installation of services (e.g. ICT and energy efficiency infrastructure), access, car parking and landscaping works where planning permission is required.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate an increase in jobs created as a direct result of the grant.

Funds are not available for property purchase, internal fixtures and fittings or excessive landscaping.

In support of the application, the Staffordshire Growth Hub can provide signposting, diagnostic support and business improvement advice at no cost to the applicant.

For further information on the Rural Enterprise Programme contact Hilary Foxley on telephone 01785 277400 or email RuralEnterpriseProgramme@staffordshire.gov.uk.


The Business Growth Programme

The new £33 million Business Growth Programme (BGP) has launched and the first funding round is open to applications.

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 and Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Birmingham City Council, the BGP builds on the successful delivery of the Business Development Programme, the Business Innovation Programme and the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme, all of which closed in 2015.

The Business Growth Programme is made up of four elements:

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.

You must NOT be a Franchise, Charity, Not-for-Profit, Community Business or in the Retail Sector. For more information, click here to go to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP website.


Lichfield District Small Business Grant Scheme

The Lichfield District small business grant scheme offers grants of between £500 and £1,500 to local small businesses and start-ups looking at overcoming financial barriers to growth. A maximum of 50% of eligible costs of the total project can be applied for (overall project cost is capped at £3,000 to get the maximum grant).

Eligibility
To receive the grant, applicants must first receive support from the Enterprise for Success programme before their grant application is processed. More information on the programme: http://www.enterpriseforsuccess.co.uk/

To be eligible, an applicant must be one of the following: 
•    An individual who is a permanent resident and looking to start up a business within Lichfield District.
•    An existing small business (up to 10 employees) located in Lichfield District that has been trading for no more than three years.

The grant can go towards the following eligible costs: 

•    marketing purposes
•    ICT software and hardware
•    office equipment e.g. laptop, desks, chairs
•    professional qualifications or training e.g. ISO, professional body membership
•    equipment to support product or process development and business growth

To register an interest or for a business to find out if they are eligible and about the process, email: jonathan.percival@lichfielddc.gov.uk


The scheme will run for three years, from 2018 to 2021, with a pot of £20,000 funding available for each financial year. The closing dates for the first two rounds in this financial year are 28 December 2018 and 22 February 2019. After this the 2019/20 and 2020/21 rounds will be quarterly, closing on the last Friday in May, August, November and February.