Heard that grants are available, but don’t know where to look?
A good starting point for support and advice within England is to look at the Business is Great Britain website www.greatbusiness.gov.uk.
For business support in Scotland visit: Business Gateway www.bgateway.com
For business support in Wales visit: Business Wales www.business.wales.gov.uk
For business support in Ireland visit: Invest Northern Ireland www.investni.com
Despite the closure of the Business Growth Service announced in the Government’s November 2015 spending review, there are still other resources available for businesses looking for support in their area.
Local Enterprise Partnerships
There is a network of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) across England. They are local business led partnerships between local authorities and businesses and play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.
While the LEP network doesn’t manage a business support grant programme, there are a number of programmes that are managed and delivered by each local LEP. Each LEP is different and we suggest you look first at your local LEP’s site to see how they can help you. The following link provides access to the Network of LEPS: http://www.lepnetwork.net/about-leps/the-network-of-leps
Joinerysoft is a registered supplier with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. This means that we can provide goods and services funded by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
Business Link/ Business Support Helpline
Business Link has been renamed Business Support Helpline. Individual telephone numbers for support in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales can be found on: www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline. Regional providers operate the scheme.
Business Link has in the past promoted a Leadership and Management programme offering funding to help develop business leadership skills. Some customers have been able to utilise this to receive additional training for the managers of their company to receive Joinerysoft training.
Simply contact the Business Support Helpline to register.
Business Support Helpline
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Business Wales Helpline
Telephone: 0300 060 3000
Business Gateway (Scotland)
Telephone: 0845 609 6611
Invest Northern Ireland
Telephone: 0800 181 4422
Conditions of eligibility apply. Please ring organisations directly for conditions and availability.
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
If you are a member of the CITB they also run and have various grants available.
Contact the CITB: www.citb.co.uk or telephone: 0344 944 4400
Regional Growth Fund
For more information about the regional growth fund visit www.gov.uk/understanding-the-regional-growth-fund.
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £3.2 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2016. Close Asset Finance has been granted an award from the Government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to support SME investment in selected areas.
To qualify for Regional Growth Fund (RGF) support an SME must commit to either recruiting new employees or safeguarding jobs.
Close Asset Finance have created the 'Close Brothers Regional Growth Fund Asset Purchase Scheme' which enables qualifying businesses to receive a grant towards the deposit on new investment of up to 20% of the value of the investment dependent on the size of the business and number of jobs being created/safeguarded.
If you are looking at buying a machine as well as software you might be able to secure funding of up to 20%. For more details visit www.closeassetfinance.co.uk/regional-growth-fund or telephone 01244 457185.
Call Joinerysoft now on +44(0) 1608 643302 to reserve your training or request additional information.
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