Funding and support programmes

Your business could be eligible for grants and loans, as well as funded business support programmes. Most of these are aimed at local businesses who want to innovate, grow, de-carbonise or upskill.

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Access growth funding for your business

Our Invest to Grow programme provides grants and loans of between £15,000 and £250,000 to support private-sector businesses across the Midlands to innovate, grow and create jobs.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Form a partnership with us and a recent graduate, to drive forward a high-priority project for your business. We can access government funding, which can pay for up to two thirds of the project cost.

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Business support programmes for SMEs

Here are our current business support programmes for SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. They are either part-funded or fully-funded, meaning they are available at no-cost or low-cost to you. Each programme has a specific focus, such as a sector or outcome, but don't worry, we can help you find the right support for your organisation – contact us for advice.

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Which programme is right for you?

Each programme has specific eligibility criteria that's linked to the funding, so it can be confusing. But don't worry, our Business Enquiries team can help you find the right support for your organisation.

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Free Business Health Check

We have developed a brand-new business health check tool specifically for small organisations. This free resource is designed to offer practical information and guidance, on how to recover and improve business performance during the current economic climate.

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The Low Carbon Business Podcast

The Low Carbon Business Podcast includes guest speakers from experts in carbon reduction and pro-environmental business leaders paving the way for a greener future. If you’re looking for support with reducing your footprint, tune in and start your low carbon journey.

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The University of Derby is our first port-of-call for new talent and to explore funding opportunities…It has been a key partner in our growth.

Keith Cox
Director and Founder, Bloc Digital