See our CASE STUDIES to find out how other local businesses are benefiting from business support.


There are a number of locally and nationally funded business support programmes available.  This page will be updated as new schemes begin or close.

For the latest Business Support Schemes that include funding go to Business Grants




The Collaborate project provides free business support, capital grants and an inward investment service to SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire. Businesses need to be over 12 months, trading business-to-business and have under 250 employees to be eligible. **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


The Digital Growth Programme  is managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). It is a digital support project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Chamber and Leicestershire County Council offering access to grant funding, digital business advice, awareness-raising seminars and strategic action-planning workshops designed to help SMEs embrace new technology. .


Free or subsidised innovation and incubation support for SMEs including consultancy, testing, R&D and graduate internships.


The Executive Company Project offers businesses a skilled, short term no-cost business project resource.



2 to 9 days funded coaching for Midlands technology and innovative SME’s to develop their innovation strategies


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The UK Space Agency has funded the Loughborough University Space Incubator that offers free support to SME’s who are new to the space sector


Helping companies to reduce costs and increase their productivity, efficiency and profitability. Combining tailored training, consultancy and implementation support with accredited programmes to engage employees in the process of change. Grant funding available


The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) is an ERDF funded programme to provide support for growth focused Manufacturing businesses.




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The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme is designed to provide high quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises.


The Innovation Gateway is an alliance of organisations working in partnership to reduce the risk and cost of adopting innovative, high-impact solutions to energy, waste and water efficiency.


IP for Business from the IPO is a range of online tools designed to help you understand, identify, protect and exploit your IP assets to their fullest potential



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