GRIP (Gloucestershire Research and Innovation Programme)
GRIP is a package of activities designed to support local businesses that consider innovation key to growth providing expert support, advice and resources in research, networks, specialist activities, commercialisation and intellectual property.
SaGE (Start and Grow Enterprise)
SaGE is a University of Gloucestershire project with funding from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), helping new businesses to start up and grow in the county. SaGE is open to Gloucestershire based pre-start individiuals and start-ups (trading up to 3 years) and is completely free!
RDPE Growth Programme
The RDPE provides funding for projects in Enbland which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. The grants are funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Funds are guaranteed to continue after the UK leaves the EU. New or existing small rural businesses who want to diversify into non-agricultural activity are potentially eligible. Grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings as well as buying new equipment and machinery. Deadline for experssion of interest: 31 May 2018
EEN (Enterprise Europe Network)
EEN provides specialist support in innovation, finance, networking and various other aspects in business management for Individuals, SMEs and larger companies in various stages of business.
More information on European funds
To be eligible you will need to be able to demonstrate that your activities will not only benefit the UK but also Europe in general.
Innovate UK and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
For a better innovation support for SMEs: The emphasis is on further testing new approaches for better innovation support, such as blockchain technologies, workplace innovation, a network for Open Innovation, training on advanced manufacturing, experimentation in innovation agencies and a tool for investors in financing SMEs.
SME Instrument Phase 1: The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.
Entrepreneurs for the Future
Supports the growth of technology companies in the West Midlands. e4f helps start-ups that use technology in innovative ways to launch, develop and grow their business. Up to 6 months incubation support, which includes access to Entrepreneurs in Residence, who can help build a robust action plan and accelerate the development of the. Other benefits include access to co-working space, 1-2-1 sessions with our visiting experts, showcasing opportunities and investment days.
Wales' first accelerator initiative, comprising a two month intensive programme and open to tech start-ups and teams considering starting up. Successful applicants will receive a minimum grant of between £5,000 and £10,000, free desk space and two months of world class tech and business mentoring - leading up to a final demo day at the Google Campus in London. Supported by the Welsh Government, the creation or safeguarding of long-term, sustainable jobs within the Welsh tech industry is a key expected outcome of the programme.
Angel Investor Network /Advantage Business Angels
Supports UK businesses at all stages, and in all sectors, to find an investor with the money, contacts and experience to enable them to grow and succeed. Typically the investments range between £50,000 and £500,000.