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Internationalisation Fund

Internationalisation Fund

The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 will be available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability). To secure a grant, you will need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40 or 50% of the total cost.

Finance and support for your business

Finance and support for your business

A list of various finance and support for your business

SAINSBURY’S INNOVATION INVESTMENTS

SAINSBURY’S INNOVATION INVESTMENTS

Sainsbury’s has committed to investing £1 billion towards becoming a net zero business by 2035. While 70% of this target can be achieved using existing solutions, a 30% gap remains where new technologies and solutions need to be identified, tested and deployed. Sainsbury’s Innovation Investments – working with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) – embraces the need for these ground-breaking net zero technologies. Sainsbury’s Innovation Investments (S2I) will invest in early-stage companies who are developing new and disruptive technologies that can support Sainsbury’s net zero goals. S2I will look to deploy at least £5m over four years with initial investments up to £500k with potential to expand further. It will lead or co-invest alongside other investors. As part of the investment Sainsbury’s will trial the technologies within its operations with potential for wider estate roll-out. Companies will also benefit from WAE’s investment experience receiving technology development, product, manufacturing and supply chain guidance, and introductions to WAE’s partners and co-investors.

ProBo

ProBo

The professional peer-to-peer community with expert capability Running your own business can mean having to wear many hats, and taking on tasks & decisions that fall outside of your core skillset. Cost can prevent access to the expertise needed, meaning mistakes can be made & future success put at risk. ProBo facilitates access to all the experience & advice of a like-minded, expert peer-to-peer community for free. Get just the right help on your most challenging business issues, exactly when you need it, for free.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme

The Community Business Trade Up Programme

Do you run a project or organisation that exists to improve your local community? Is it led by local people and ideally less than four years’ old? It’s tough and rewarding. But you never get the time to focus ‘on the business’ as you’re always ‘running the business’. This FREE support programme will give you the head-space, support network and funding needed to start or diversify your income from trading. You’ll become a stronger, more sustainable community business as a result of this programme. A free learning programme, to help you build your income, confidence, resilience and impact Up to £5,000 Match Trading grant A community business peer mentor An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The government is providing grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). These grants can help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies. The scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales. It runs from 2022 to 2025. What you’ll get You can get: £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Aston Business Clinics

Aston Business Clinics

Get a fresh perspective on your business challenges and opportunities! Through the Aston Business Clinic, we match teams of students with you and your business to spend between 48-hours and four weeks working on a non-critical but important challenge or opportunity. You might have ideas you want to validate, research you want to complete, creative concepts you want to generate, or more. Our students go through a competitive application process to join the Aston Business Clinic and aim to improve their research skills, creativity, client management, and problem-solving. They are eager to learn how to work together in teams to deliver innovative and engaging pitches, which respond to real-world business needs. Each team is coached by a member of staff, who will work with them on their processes and team dynamics (but not their solutions!).

Black Country Investment Fund

Black Country Investment Fund

We manage funding streams acquired from government and use this to effectively support a whole range of projects in the Black Country, with the goal of maximising growth in the region

Trainee  & Apprenticeships Paragon Skills

Trainee & Apprenticeships Paragon Skills

Paragon Skills is an award winning national apprenticeship provider supporting over 4,000 learners through their training, and 1,500 organisations to deliver apprenticeships across their businesses in a high quality, consistent way. Our industry-leading programmes have been collaboratively developed with our clients embedding their organisational strategy, culture, vision and values.

Trainee & Apprenticeships Lifestyle Learning

Trainee & Apprenticeships Lifestyle Learning

Lifetime is the leading apprenticeship training provider, committed to a democracy of opportunity that creates a competitive skills advantage and accelerates business growth.

Trainee & Apprenticeships Qube Learning

Trainee & Apprenticeships Qube Learning

Qube Learning are a national Recruitment and Training Solutions Provider. We deliver a range of training to individuals and teams via Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Short Courses, eLearning, as well as providing recruitment solutions for Jobseekers and Employers alike. We fund many of these projects through over £10M worth of direct contracts held with the Government's Education & Skills Funding Agency and Apprenticeship Levy-paying Employers in England

Managing Business Debt

Managing Business Debt

We have launched our Guide to Managing Business Debt. We’ve designed this guide to provide impartial information to help businesses through survival and onto recovery, helping them stabilise and move forward to growth and future success. We’ve focused on the following areas: • Understanding debt finance • Managing debt • Improving your cash flow • Moving from survival to recovery and growth • Resources for businesses worried about their debt

Siemens Solid Edge for Startups Programme

Siemens Solid Edge for Startups Programme

Solid Edge by Siemens is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use software that addresses all aspects of the product development process – design and rendering, simulation, electrical design, manufacturing, data management, and more.

Go To Zero

Go To Zero

Helping businesses go electric with a free-to-use and impartial assessment. Checking the electric vehicles that best meet business needs, and how smart charging and low-carbon energy can lower running costs.

SCVO Vision 2030 Community Grants

SCVO Vision 2030 Community Grants

SCVO is delivering this grant programme, on behalf of and in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, to enable voluntary and community groups to deliver activities in Sandwell, and to Sandwell residents, to support the following priorities: Building Social Connections (tackling loneliness/social isolation) Youth Activities (tackling loneliness/social isolation amongst young people) Healthy Lifestyles (promoting / supporting healthy living) Vaccination Support (activities that encourage, inform or enable Sandwell residents to take up the vaccination opportunity)

Midlands Growth Fund

Midlands Growth Fund

A variety of lending services to support the growth plans of SMEs including Up to £250,000 overdraft limit for working capital for manufacturing businesses

Screen Skills Bursary

Screen Skills Bursary

ScreenSkills offers bursaries  of up to £1,000 to those working in feature film, high-end TV and television. High-end TV refers to big-budget television content and major drama productions

Santander Talent

Santander Talent

Matches University talent to businesses

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