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The Collaborate ERDF grant fund has been very popular with significant demand being received. As a result we will no longer be accepting any new applications, however if you wish to be put on a waiting list to be considered should any future funding be available, please ask your adviser to refer your details to the collaborate grant team or email us directly via

Working together to grow your business

If you’re looking to grow your business in 2018 the Collaborate project is here to help.

The project supports small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Leicester and Leicestershire and includes free, confidential and specialist business advice, workshops, seminars and capital grants.

Collaborate runs to September 2019.

Complete this simple enquiry form and start the road to growth now: ENQUIRY FORM

Keep in touch with Collaborate by following on LinkedIn (search under Collaborate for Growth) and signing up to the Collaborate e-newsletter here.

Collaborate is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and partner organisations.


To benefit, businesses must be an SME in Leicester and Leicestershire that trades ‘business to business’ in one of the following key economic sectors:

These sectors have been identified as a priority for growth by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

Our team of specialist business advisers will be able to confirm whether your business is eligible for support.

Sector Business Growth 

One to one support providing advice, consultancy and coaching to help you grow your business

Workshops/events covering key topics to enable your business to grow and develop

Networking/Forum Events providing business networking opportunities, and to showcase specific sectors or initiatives

Inward Investment Support

One to One advice and support for businesses seeking to relocate or expand into Leicestershire from outside of the European Union.

Cluster networks and collaborations with trade associations and inward trade missions to provide support and advice on how SME’s need to become investment ready.

Grant Funding Support 

**See important notice above

Capital grants of between £5,000 – £25,000 are available for Leicester or Leicestershire SME’s that trade business to business.

Private sector match funding will be required of 2/3rd of the total project cost, the grant element will provide 1/3rd of the cost (33%) up to a maximum of £25,000

Businesses must be trading business to business for 12 months or more and must create at least one full time job for every £10,000 of grant funding awarded.


Please complete an Enquiry Form to find out how Collaborate can benefit your business.