• Small Business Research Initative

    Small Business Research Initative

    The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) connects innovative industry ideas with public sector challenges. This allows SMEs to find a route to market for their ideas and can provide seed funding for early stage companies.

  • J4B Grantfinder

    J4B Grantfinder

    J4B Grantfinder has a grant search tool with information on grant funding, awards and tax relief schemes. Grants include government funded and small business grants.

  • Startups.co.uk

    Startups.co.uk

    Startups.co.uk provides a broad range of advice on how to raise finance, covering bootstrapping to venture capital. Guidance is regularly updated and includes up to date information on publicly and privately backed funds.

  • InnovateUK

    InnovateUK

    InnovateUK offers support and funding for the development of new products and services. Support is available to UK based companies at every stage. InnovateUK runs funding competitions across a number of sectors including emerging and enabling technologies.

  • The Enterprise Investment Scheme

    The Enterprise Investment Scheme

    The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is a government scheme that provides a range of tax reliefs for investors who subscribe for qualifying shares. The five EIS tax reliefs include income tax relief, CGT Freedom, Inheritance Tax Relief, CGT Deferral Relief and Loss Relief.

  • The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

    The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

    The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) offers tax benefits to investors in return for investing in small and early stage businesses. It was designed to boost economic growth in the UK through the promotion of new enterprise and entrepreneurship. Companies seeking investment must be under two years old and have assets less than £200,000.

  • The Key Fund North West Fund

    The Key Fund North West Fund

    The Key Fund North West Fund provides tailored loans to new and existing social enterprises in the North West. Funds can be used for running costs, set-up costs, wages and capital purchases.

  • Technology Innovation Fund

    Technology Innovation Fund

    The Technology Innovation Fund programme gives companies subsidised access to National Physical Laboratory expertise. Produces include advice surgeries, consultancy, research club and technical assessments.

  • Business Growth Hub

    Business Growth Hub

    Business Growth Hub offers the Co-Investment Fund, an initiative that gives £1,000-£3,000 to drive digital business growth.

  • Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme

    Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme

    Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme provides grant funding opportunities in the areas of media and video game industries, including festival and events organisers.

  • Creative Industry Finance

    Creative Industry Finance

    Creative Industry Finance gives free business support and advice on appling for loands for creative industry enterprises. They work to support in document preparation before referring to lenders which include the Arts Impact Fund, Big Issue Invest and Fredericks Foundation.

  • Business Finance Solutions

    Business Finance Solutions

    Business Finance Solutions provides alternative finance options for businesses that have been unable to obtain funding through a mainstream lender. Finance offering includes solutions for start-up costs, growth, export, raising early stage equity through Co Angel Investment. Business Finance Solutions is part of the Manchester Growth Company.

  • StartUp Loans

    StartUp Loans

    StartUp Loans is a publically funded scheme supported by the British Business Bank that provides advice, loans and mentoring to startup businesses. Start Up Loans works with a network of delivery partner organisations. In the NorthWest these include Business Finance Solutions, Merseyside Special Investment Fund, Lancashire Community Finance and The Princes Trust.

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