Business focused fund updates

Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Carbon Trust has announced a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) with funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Over the next four years the IEEA will aim to lower costs and increase the … Continue reading

Inventor Prize

The new Inventor Prize is looking for the UK’s best inventions that help make people’s lives better. NESTA has launched this pilot initiative, with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and will support innovative and exciting … Continue reading

SWIG Finance

Start Up Loans Scheme The government-backed Start Up Loans Scheme is still available to start-up businesses throughout the South West region which have been trading for up to two years. South West businesses can access the scheme via SWIG Finance … Continue reading

Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs

The Stelios Award aims to support disabled entrepreneurs as well as raising awareness of the skills and inventiveness of those with disabilities. There is a total prize fund of £70,000, with a top prize of £30,000 to the overall winner … Continue reading

Innovate UK: research & development grants

Innovate UK regularly publishes opportunities for businesses to apply for grants for research and development. The latest funding announcements include: Infrastructure Systems Round 3 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions … Continue reading

Power to Change: Community Business Trade Up

This programme is intended for community businesses which are looking to increase their sales and trading so that they can become more sustainable. Successful applicants will benefit from a learning programme of 12 days spread over six months and a … Continue reading

HSBC Lending Fund for SMEs

HSBC UK Bank has announced a £10 billion lending fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. The aim is to help businesses realise their growth ambitions with a particular focus on encouraging small enterprises to explore … Continue reading

Heart of the South West LEP: new EU funding

The Heart of the South West (covering Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset) has an allocation of just over £107m from Europe for 2014-2020 for investment in projects and initiatives which support the economic growth of the area. New calls for … Continue reading

Innovation in infrastructure systems

Innovate UK is due to launch Round 3 of its funding for innovation projects in the infrastructure systems sector. Grants between £25,000 and £5m are available to encourage the development of business-led innovative solutions that will help provide affordable, sustainable and … Continue reading

Reach Fund

The Reach Fund is a two year £4m grant fund that is testing a new model for investment readiness support. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment – and is open to organisations in England. … Continue reading

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