Business focused fund updates

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

First Steps Enterprise Fund

This is a £300,000 pilot fund for community enterprises looking to take on their first loan to help the organisation move forward from the start-up stage. There is a particular focus on organisations working in the following areas: older people … Continue reading

Just Eat Ventures: FoodTech Seed

The Just Eat Ventures FoodTech Seed Programme is a three-month, London-based seed programme for innovation and technology start-ups within the food industry. A small cohort of 5 start-ups from anywhere in the UK will have the chance to obtain investment, … Continue reading

ICO Grants Programme

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is inviting UK and international organisations including academic institutions, civil society groups and trade associations to apply for funding to support new, independent research on privacy and data protection issues and develop privacy enhancing solutions. … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters. Covering a wide range of modern and traditional crafts, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £18,000, … Continue reading

Green Alley Award

The Green Alley Award is an annual European prize for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the circular economy. The award recognises promising business ideas that contribute to building a circular economy and improving the waste and recycling industry. The aim is … Continue reading

Power to Change: Community Business Fund

The £150m Power to Change programme supports community and voluntary groups through the stages of the journey towards running a community enterprise. The Community Business Fund provides capital and project-related revenue funding for existing community businesses. Grants of between £50,000 and … Continue reading

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