Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Grants for Growth - PAUSED FOR NEW APPLICATIONS

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 £160,000 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:

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.

New Product Development Grant

Up to £5,000 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
Telephone: 01782 333798
or email

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.

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.


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:

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.

The Business Growth Programme 2

BGP2 Funding Round 33 is now open, so submit your completed application form before the closing date of Wednesday 3 November 2021* to be considered.

Grant Support available:

  • For Start-Up B2B** SMEs based in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area only, grants of £2,500 to £10,000 are on offer.
  • For existing B2B** SMEs, based in The Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership areas, grants of £10,000 to £1,000,000 are available.

Grants are subject to eligibility criteria and availability of funds and are restricted to 1 per business.

A BGP2 grant is offered on the basis of a company creating new jobs.

For existing businesses, every £10,000 grant awarded must result in 1 full-time job being created.

For Start-Ups based in The Marches LEP area only, for every grant of £2,500 to £10,000 awarded, 1 full-time job must be created.

Grant funding is limited and subject to availability.

All of the documents you will need to apply for a BGP2 grant are available now.

*Funding Round 34 will open on Monday 8 November 2021.

**B2B = Business to Business

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 Council Start Up Grant Scheme

The Lichfield District start up grant scheme offers a one-off grant of £3,000 for residents who have been made redundant or currently economically inactive and seeking to start up a business within the financial year 21/22.

The grants, which require no match funding, can be spent on:

  • Capital equipment excluding, laptops, mobile phones and tablets
  • Marketing
  • Professional qualifications or training

Applicants must first go on the Enterprise for Success  programme’s free two day start-up workshop. After attending the workshop, the applicant must submit within one of the quarterly rounds:

  • a CV
  • an application form
  • business plan
  • financial forecast for the next year

Project items have to be purchased after your application has been successful and prior to the grant being claimed.

The scheme is running up until March 2022, with a pot of £205,538 funding available for the financial year. Deadline dates are as follows:

  • 26 November 2021
  • 28 January 2022

For more information and details on how to apply please click here.