Funding Opportunities Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

From start up loans, to financial support for training, growth and capital grants, get access to the latest funding opportunities across Lancashire for you and your business.

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Start and Grow
Are you looking to start a business and expecting to employ people from its early stages? Will you require start up financing? Start and Grow can provide support tailored to your individual needs.
£Support - £Programme

 The Start & Grow programme does not give grants or loans, but provides the support and help to source any appropriate funding that is available to the business from third parties. The support and advice that can be accessed by Start & Grow clients has been valued at approximately £5,000. Typically clients will receive: One-to-one assessment with an experienced, independent business adviser who will review your business ideas and formulate the next steps
An intensive personalised support programme, including guidance, advice and peer learning, leading to the development of a robust business plan
Dedicated support in an application for external funding
Ongoing support after business start-up.

Skill Support in Lancashire
Could your business benefit from funded accredited training to help boost the skills of your workforce? One of the most effective routes to growth for a business is to invest in your most important asset – your people.
£Support - £Programme

The training packages have been devised to meet the specific challenges facing businesses in Lancashire. Across the county there is a strong ambition to grow and to boost productivity. To achieve this, employers need to make sure their existing workforce has the right mix of skills to meet demand and keep up with new technologies, as well as attracting new talent. Courses available include: Hospitality, leisure and tourism
Management & team leadership
Customer service
Business administration
Information technology
Education & Training Courses
Personal Training & Fitness courses

Seedrs
Do you want to raise investment to finance your startup or growing business? Considering crowdfunding but need legal advice and support to easily present your business to a large community of potential investors?
£TBC - £TBC

Seedrs is a crowdfunding organisation making it simple for investors to buy into businesses they believe in and share in their success – letting all types of growth-focused businesses raise capital in the process. They do all of this through a simple, highly professional, online process that protects and empowers investors while helping businesses grow and generate returns. There is a simple tiered fee based on the total funds you raise – and you only pay a fee if your fundraising is successful.

Lancashire Forum
Are you looking to develop yourself as a leader in addition to growing your business? Want insights and inspiration from leading UK businesspeople while building up a network of fellow business owners from across Lancashire?
£Support - £Programme

The Forum is a peer network and six-month programme aimed at owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers of SMEs with a growth aspiration. Designed to give participants the tools to grow their business by working with a world-class University. The programme will help SMEs to develop their strategic thought processes and provide the skills and tools to successfully describe, design, challenge and pivot business models.

The programme is delivered by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 


Repair Grant For Heritage At Risk
Grants for repair and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes
£TBC - £TBC

We give grants towards the repair and conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens. This includes project development actions which enable repair or improved future management.
Our grants under this scheme are intended to reduce the risk faced by some of the most significant historic sites in England, as shown on the Heritage at Risk Register. We focus our grants on those sites which are most in need of repair and where, without our grant, a project would not be able to go ahead.
This scheme was formerly called Grants for Historic Buildings, Monuments and Designed Landscapes.

UCLan Innovation Clinic
Are you looking to grow your business by launching a new product? Need advice on how feasible your product idea is, help to design, develop and test the product or support in developing a launch strategy?
£Support - £Programme

The UCLan Innovation Clinic supports Lancashire businesses to innovate and grow through the development of new to firm and new to market products.
The Clinic team brings together extensive industry & academic expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and technology to provide fully funded and tailored support at any stage of the product development process from initial concept and market research through to launch. Support can include:
Independent idea evaluation & feasibility analysis
Market research, demand and competitor analysis
Advice on IP and freedom to operate
Innovation strategy
Product design support
Prototype development
Product testing
Brand development
Materials, supply chain and manufacturing advice
Commercialisation

As the programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund you must not be a retailer or business-to-consumer focused organisation.

Start Your New Business
Considering starting your own business? Have you got a great business idea but you’re not sure how to take it forward? Could you benefit from expert tailored support from business growth specialists?
£Support - £Programme

The Growth Support Programme has been designed to support entrepreneurs by equipping you with the skills and knowledge not only to launch a successful enterprise but also to accelerate your growth.
You will receive specialist high growth coaching designed to validate and improve your business model and growth potential. You will be invited to attend a 2-day interactive lean launchpad session, which have been specifically developed to equip start-ups with the tools and techniques they need to succeed.

New Enterprise Allowance
Are you over 18, and have a great new business idea? Do you (or your partner) currently receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support? You could get help to start up in business.
£1.00 - £1,274.00

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you’re getting certain benefits.
You could:
get a business mentor to help you develop your business idea and start trading
get a weekly allowance paid for up to 26 weeks (up to a total of £1,274)
apply for a Start Up Loan to help with start-up costs
The loan has to be paid back, the allowance doesn’t. Any money you get doesn’t affect your Housing Benefit, tax credits, Income Tax, Universal Credit or Access to Work grant.

Big Lottery Fund Awards For All England
A quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000
£300.00 - £10,000.00

You can apply to Awards for All England if you are a community or not-for-profit group, parish or town council, health body, or school. You do not need to be a registered charity to apply. You must have a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. It doesn’t have a deadline and you can apply at any time.

Enterprise Ventures Business Loan
Business loans from £100,000 to £1m for a variety of purposes, investing in all sectors and all over the U.K.
£10,000.00 - £1,000,000.00

As we specialise in providing finance for small business, we can often help in situations where banks and other lenders are unable to provide the full requirement. In many cases, securing a loan from Enterprise Ventures allows companies to access additional finance from other providers. Typically loans cover a period of up to five years maximum and are tailored to your business requirements with competitive rates and terms. Rates are fixed for the duration of the loan.