Grants

The specific support schemes listed on this website are not exhaustive. To talk to a Growth Hub advisor for free, call the Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email businessenquiries@stokestaffslep.org.uk. Alternatively, if you are looking for expansion and location support contact the Make It Team

The below grants are split into Growth Grants, Start-up Grants and Sustainabile Business Grants.

Growth Grants:

1. 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 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.

Capital grants are available between £10,000 to £100,000 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 £35,000 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  Email: G4G@stoke.gov.uk


2. Small Business Grant scheme

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub has launched a fund offering business grants of £1,500 to £10,000 of capital funding for small - medium sized businesses within Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The programme's aim is to support:

  • The growth of existing SMEs
  • Specific projects or investments
  • Purchase of capital equipment

Eligability criteria must be met prior to application. for more details please call Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on 0300 111 8002 or read this leaflet.


3. New Product Development Grant

Up to £9,000 is available for Staffordshire B2B businesses from the Business Innovation Centre to pay towards specialist external advice to help them research, develop or launch to market a new product or service. The grant is to assist with Research & Development Fees; IPR Fees; Product Design; ICT Advice, Legal & Financial advice, Market Research, etc. the grant will support up to 37% 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


4. 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 more information click here.


Start-up Grants

1. Staffordshire start-ups GET STARTED’ Scheme

Staffordshire County Council is already supporting new start-up businesses with its Staffordshire Start-up mentoring service delivered via the Chamber of Commerce and the Staffordshire Business Start-up loan scheme which launched in December 2020.

In order to further support Staffordshire’s entrepreneurs in their start-up journey we have launched the ‘Get Started’ scheme to help give some level of assurance that your business proposition is viable by giving you the opportunity to test your idea with a choice between 2 different packages, delivered to you by experts in their field:

A Marketing Package. Choose between either a branding option to allow you to market test your product or a website option, to allow you to track traffic and interest in your product / service.
or
A Financial Package which will give you the expertise of an accountant to test the profitability etc. of your business idea, providing you with the information you need to take your business forward.

To deliver these services, we have appointed experts in the areas of accountancy and marketing, who will work with you to provide the package you decide will be of most benefit to help get your business off the ground.  This expertise will be provided FREE OF CHARGE to successful applicants

For more information on the Staffordshire Start-ups Get Started scheme, or to request an
application form, email: getstarted@staffordshire.gov.uk or call: 01785 277375


Sustainability Grants

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.

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


Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. They aim to drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

With a strong business focus, they drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. They connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. They can provide funding for business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.

Support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.

For more details go to the Innovate UK website