Business grants

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Business grants can be used to help you overcome many challenges and barriers to business growth; such as a lack of resources, strategic planning and skills, or inefficient processes and procedures. Getting the right grant funding could take your business to the next level. 

Knowing what grant funding is available and how to access it can sometimes be tricky. There are many UK government and European (for now!) business grant schemes readily available, as well as various local business funding schemes provided by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Business grants are often made available at a regional level and can be sector specific. The amounts available tend to range between £1,000 and £100,000 for SMEs, but can be higher for MSBs within EU state aid programmes.

The great thing with business grants is that you don’t have to pay the money back. However, they normally come with a match funding requirement (typically 25% - 50%) in place. It’s also worth noting that during the application process you may have to set and agree the expected outputs, which will be achieved from the activity that is to be funded by the monies provided under the relevant grant scheme.

How we can help

There are a number of locally available grant programmes that can be accessed to support your business growth and boost your sales and profits.

We can help you take the next step in your business growth with our Scale up Coaching Grants for strategic development; or we can help you accelerate your overseas sales and boost your bottom line through our International Trade Accelerator Grants.  

Scale up Coaching Grants

A business coach will act as an impartial and honest sounding board for new ideas whilst providing you with invaluable 'been there, done that' advice. This grant could provide you with support to effectively develop your business through:
  • Developing your leadership skills
  • Expanding your management knowledge
  • Advancing your business strategy  

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High Impact Scale-Up Coaching Grants

Boost your business and reach the next stage of growth with a £5,000 High Impact Scale-Up Coaching Grant to fund strategic business coaching, leadership development, and management training.
  • Exclusively available for ambitious West of England businesses
  • With at least two years sustained growth
  • Employing between 7 and 250 people

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Non-Executive Directors

Are you considering taking on a Non-Executive Director (NED) but not sure if it’s right for you? Business West is currently offering grants of up to £5,000 to help cover the initial cost. A Non-Executive Director can:
  • Fill a gap in a small business owner’s experience, or can add industry knowledge of a specific sector that the business is targeting
  • Offer an outsider's critical perspective to your business and can suggest fresh ideas
  • Offer an address book of great professional contacts who can help your business grow

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  • What makes a good leader?

    Without a strong leader, or leadership team, a business can face a lack of motivation from its staff, low morale and even lost business. Business West can offer grants to help develop your company's leaders.


  • Considering hiring a Non-Executive Director?

    Business West is currently offering grants of up to £5,000 to help cover the initial cost. 

  • Small business workshops

    Whether you're starting a new business or need a boost to help you grow, our small business workshops can teach you the skills you need for success.

    From using social media effectively and running a successful crowdfunding campaign, to strategic market planning and business planning and finance, workshops are available to suit all your business needs.