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 with the grant element ending in December 2018.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Start planning now for your business needs.

Simply complete this easy enquiry form and start the road to growth: ENQUIRY FORM

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To benefit, businesses must be an SME in Leicester and Leicestershire that trades ‘business to business’ in these sectors:

  • Food & Drink Manufacturing
  • Textile Manufacturing
  • Creative Industries
  • Professional and Financial Services
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Engineering and advanced manufacturing
  • Low Carbon

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 

  • 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.