Business focused fund updates

Higher Education Funding Council for England

HEFCE has a couple of funding programmes which have recently opened to applications: Connecting Capability Fund – to help universities to deliver industrial strategy priorities Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund – £4m to increase capability and capacity in higher education providers to … Continue reading

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund

A new £1.85million fund to support community business start-ups was launched in 2016. The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, is being run by Locality and will … Continue reading

Innovate UK: biomedical catalyst

The aim of this competition is to develop innovative healthcare technologies and processes that will help provide one or more of the following: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions earlier and better detection and diagnosis of … 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

Creative United: Prosper

Creative United is a Community Interest Company supported by the Arts Council to provide financial products and services to the arts sector. Their new Prosper programme offers the opportunity for arts and cultural organisations, companies or individual entrepreneurs in England … Continue reading

Baldwins KickStart

Baldwins KickStart is an annual award programme for young entrepreneurs who have a good idea and would like to start their own business. The programme is run by Baldwins Accountants to find and develop young entrepreneurs by giving them financial … Continue reading

Lloyds Credit Union Development Fund

The Credit Union Development Fund is currently accepting applications from existing credit unions in the UK for grants to support their growth and development. Applications can be made for: Large awards (of £50,000, £75,000 or £100,000) to contribute to a … 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

Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Innovate UK has allocated up to £9 million to fund collaborative research and development (R&D) projects which will support growth in national and international rail markets. The Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition is looking for innovative approaches in rail and … Continue reading

UnLtd: support for social entrepreneurs

UnLtd provides support and small grants for people who are starting up or developing a social enterprise. There are various packages of support depending on what stage the business has reached and what it will do. These include: Do it … Continue reading

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